A-freaking-MAZING. Phew, that was one hell of a ride. This book started out kinda slow, because of the descriptiveness of the writing style, which isn't bad per say, it was just kinda bogging down the book at the start, since not much of anything was happening anyway. During that first 20% of the book, it's basically all world building, and Kristoff does an amazing job at it and even though it did bog down the pace, I still appreciated the amount of detail he put into his world.The action starts once Yukiko is stranded with Buruu in the wilderness. From then on the book takes you in this journey of self-discovery, pain, love and fighting for what's right, but most of all to learn to see what's truly in front of you and not just follow behind blindly. There was romance, blood, gore, intrigue, betrayal.It was just pretty awesome once the story got going. When you pick this book up, make sure you read the Glossary in the back FIRST, trust me, it will help out a lot, and it will just make your experience that much better.