And in the center of it all she saw two figures: one draped in white, one furred black; both with eyes open moon-round and empty. A small girl and a small bear, hands and paws still linked.
This was such a beautifully written book. Kirsty Logan manages to create such an interesting and beautiful world in this book. I just loved the world building and character growth throughout the book. I was originally fascinated by the concepts of landlockers and damplings before I read this and was constantly intrigued by them while reading this.
While this book tends to concentrate on Callanish and North it alternates point-of-view between quite a few characters. Normally I don't like when a book alternates between too many points of view but I really feel like this book benefited from this. The story was richer from getting to see things from the point of view of the secondary characters. There were characters that I really didn't like in this book but even the chapters from their points of view were fascinating.
Callanish and North were both really interesting characters to follow but I have to say that I liked North's story a bit more than Callanish. There was something about North and the circus that she performed with that just transported me to this strange world and wouldn't let me go. I was interested in why Callanish became a gracekeeper and what she had run from but at times she just couldn't compete with the circus.
I enjoyed this book immensely and would recommend it to someone looking for some strong world building and captivating characters.
(I received this book from a Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway. The content of my review is in no way affected by that.)