Not quite as cool as I remember (not enough Segnbora), but still pretty cool. As with Alanna: The First Adventure
, I was surprised by how episodic the narrative was; in my memories, I smoothed it out into something more flowing. The plot itself is fairly formulaic, and this volume doesn't have quite the crowning moments of awesome as the sequels. But the characters, oh, the characters. They are prickly and imperfect and oh so human, and they love the way people really do: sometimes giving, sometimes selfish, sometimes blind, and sometimes perceptive. And I adore the mythology and history of the world.