Although the fantasy elements were very well done, it was the character-driven aspect of the story that kept me thoroughly engrossed. :o) It was not a light read, I might add, and I really can't think of an author I would compare Freda Warrington to. She has an amazing grasp of the English language. I'm sure my coworkers grew tired of me blurting out beautiful sentences from this book on our breaks in the staff room. Warrington's writing style is truly beautiful. However, there are some graphic elements and language some people may find offensive, but I feel those elements added depth to the characters. They were not perfect, which made their journey all the more compelling.
It was well worth the read, and will be one of those special books I will remember over others.
Hope to see you in our library someday soon,
Request Elfland from The Bangor Public Library