Allie is a devoted Queen to her kingdom - anything she can do, she will do - even at the cost of her own or her friends' happiness. It i admirable that even though she is tempted again and again to just give up and find a way back instead, she goes ahead and thinks of The World of Dreams first. It is particularly sad how the nobles and leaders of the various clans underestimate her, thinking her to be a naive teenager (she is a bit dense at times, though) unfit for ruling. It actually makes me wonder that how in a world filled with magical beings, humans were ever able to hold any power - as they pretty much useless in the front lines.
The plot develops at a good pace - keeping you hooked and eager for the next page. Some reveals I saw coming a mile away but, the writing was good and kept it from being too predictable. The war parts had me confused at times - they were too short (in reality a war wouldn't end in just one battle, you know) and people just keep on retreating too quick. Loyalties are shifting left and right and man, did I want to whack that Eamon on his head for his poor thinking! The romance doesn't develop much so if you are a fan of swoony romance storylines (I'm not), this one is not for you. There is a lot of foreshadowing in the book, which actually makes me quite interested for the next one.