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400 pages, Hardcover
First published May 10, 2010
“If he was alive, I might have abandoned him at this point, tired of one too many betrayals,” she said. “But I do not have that luxury now. I must understand him and accept him, or lose even my memories of him. And I am not prepared to do that—not now. Not yet. Perhaps not ever.”The other characters in the book are equally well-crafted. Great care is given to all the side characters, and I enjoyed them all. Nobody is purely evil. Someone we start out distrusting, disliking, someone who is initially standoffish, cold, distant, may prove to become a friend along the line. There is a great attention to detail in everything in this novel, from the setting to the characters, no matter how small, and I truly appreciate that.
Coru woman, who could not be contained. Hunti man, who could not be moved.There is no mind games. There is no petty jealousy. There is friendship, alliance, trust, love. They find strength in each other, in their opposing personalities.
“There is nothing but heartache for a coru woman and a hunti man,” she said, deliberately contrary. “He cannot control her and she cannot change him.”Altogether, a fantastic book. Highly recommended for all ages. This is classified as YA, but the characters are adult, however, there is nothing in this book that would offend anyone older than 12. I will enjoy this book when I reread it at 90.
“He never fails her and she always moves him,” [he] corrected. “She can trust his strength, and he can be lifted by her joy.”
She could not resist leaning into him just a little, just to feel his reassuring strength against her shoulder. "But that is my point exactly," she said. "Who I am now and who I seemed to be then are two very different people."There's also quite a bit of intriguing and conniving once Zoe takes her place in high society. Most of all, this is a coming-of-age story ― even though Zoe is already about 23 years old as the story begins ― as she gradually discovers who she is as a person, and what she wants from life.
"Not so different that I cannot recognize you," he said. "No matter how much you change, you will always be familiar to me."