Plot: The narrative is more or less linear, following a group of friends as they travel across the vast and inventive fantasy world of Oberon. The book is loosely formed into episodes as the friends travel through different regions of the world. A number of mysteries are woven into the plot to help propel the narrative forward, as the main plot hook is relatively thin and mostly serves to provide the characters with a destination.
Prose: The narrative pace is somewhat slow, with long dialogue exchanges and descriptions dense with adjectives hampering the plot's momentum. Occasionally the dialogue can become overly philosophical, which can take readers out of the story.
Originality: The world is inventive and original, and every facet of the setting is detailed meticulously in the exposition. As the characters become more aware of their magical powers and travel farther away from their home, the inventiveness ramps up considerably. Coupled with the strong core group of characters, this makes for an enjoyable read.
Character Development: There are many characters in this book—perhaps too many, as most are inconsequential. The core characters—Perry, Faith, Teala, and Bailey—are well-rendered and nuanced, with unique personalities reflected in their actions and dialogue. The relationship between these primary characters is the book's greatest strength, as their banter with each other is natural and engrossing, and adds to the adventuresome feel of the narrative.
Blurb: An impressive and inventive adventure that will excite fantasy readers eager for something fresh and different.
Score: Plot/Idea 6, Originality 9, Prose 7, Character/Execution 9.