The intense specter of child abuse portrayed in this book is so real that one weeps for a child so badly treated. I suppose that's why the end of the book seems a let down...I had so hoped the main character would somehow help make change in the world for others....but it just seemed a let down.
What I liked in the story?... The character grew and changed as the result of all the things that she went through. Lives were changed. A good redemptive type story. Just ignore the worldly romance type things is all. :)
The ending seemed a bit too.. I don't know..... too easily fixed for the good of all and the annihilation of evil. I generally don't think that life ties up quite so neatly.
I really liked the character of Rafe. She was quite believable. :)