I haven't been actively reading in a while (and my soul has chastised me for it. But now I've finished my second book in March (the first was "The Devil in the White City" by Eric Larsen) and we're not even halfway done yet! This calls for some ice cream!
Anywho, always a pleasure to read a Newberry. This book has a subtle haunted feel to it. The setting and plot unfold delicately, with all the elements coming together nicely at the end.
There are aspects of the story that I almost felt were written too loosely. Glerk, the swamp monster, for example, is very lightly described. Aside from being told he has four arms, a tail, and a broad jaw at one point, I don't recall ever being told his color or what his voice sounded like. This partly lends itself to my imagination taking over, but it also left me feeling like I was never sure if I was seeing him "correctly." I wondered more about what he looked like. I also wondered a little more about the relationship between magical elements, like the monster and the dragon, and what determined whether or not other people knew about them. The free cities knew about magic, but I don't think these creatures made an appearance and I don't know if they'd be generally recognized if they did. I was curious to know more about the moon birthmark.
Fyrian was a wonderful bit of comic relief throughout. Antain might have been my favorite character. I loved seeing him develop throughout the story, and how he remained always a good guy. ~ "Infinite. Luna thought. It is light and dark and endless motion; it is space and time, and space within space, and time within time. And she knew: there is no limit to what the heart can carry."