"The climax involving evil brigands is a bit forced, but everything else is an unalloyed joy. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
There are many pleasures to this satisfying tale: a precise lyricism to the language ("The world was as dark as eyes closed" or "Miri's laugh is a tune you love to whistle") and a rhythm to the story that takes its tropes from many places, but its heart from ours.
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