I stayed up late to finish this, and I notice similar comments in other reviews. The reason is simple: the characters are so real and you empathize with them so much that you just have to find out what happens to them. In some cases, that means worrying about whether or not they will be all right. I won’t give a spoiler here and say what happened, but I found the conclusion very satisfying. The themes of love and friendship are well presented — and so are those of bigotry and hatred. This book conveys powerful sentiments which are relevant to modern times set in a convincing historical background. The characters all have their own frailties and weaknesses along with their good qualities, just as real humans do. To say that this is a good character study is something of an understatement.
(written by Bob Craton, author of Journey to Light: Part I of The High Duties of Pacia)