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| Genre: Dark Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0553583425
| ISBN-13: 9780553583427
| Publisher: Spectra (July 1, 2003)
| Content: Witches, Wizards, Adult
| Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars
Tobin now knows the best kept secret of his young life, he is actually a she. But for now, Tobin must join in the struggle to keep his identity a complete secret, for the sake of his country and ultimately his life.
Tobin is faced with a lot of new challenges in this book. The king is returning from the war; the man he has been raised to hate and fear. Somehow the king's wizard must not only be kept from probing what is under Tobin's skin, but his mind as well. And there is Ki, Tobin's devoted squire, who must also be kept from the truth.
The gender transformation issues take on a different light. Now instead of wondering why, for example, Tobin isn't attracted to girls like the other boys, Tobin must learn ways of compensating for these lacks. In a place where he is surrounded by men, young boys and maybe even more importantly, other young girls, hiding what she really is, presents an interesting array of problems.
In addition, not only does Tobin have to deal with normal coming of age teenage angst and self doubt but unique to her there is an internal gender identity crisis as well. How do you come to grips with actually being a girl, not only after being raised as a boy but while continuing to live as one to avoid being exterminated by the King. Think this is bad enough? Well add in a love interest, and you get to watch Tobin struggle with being in love with a boy, who she can't tell that she is a girl. This story has layers and layers of secrets, deception, intrigue and conundrums.
Meanwhile, Brother's anger and the insanity of their mother are also put into a new light, as are the roles of the wizards and the witch. It is a lot for a young teen to deal with and it is complicated by his loyalty to his cousin, the supposed rightful heir to the throne.
Personally, I find this book suffers very little from middle book syndrome, though like most coming of age stories, the internal angst can get a bit tedious at times. All in all, I had a hard time putting it down and no problem whatsoever picking it back up. Now on to book three to see where all this is going!
Book One ~ Book Three
Librarything Rating 4.02/5
Amazon Rating 4.2 of 5 stars
(45 Customer Reviews)
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