I really enjoyed this book, on many levels. It was well written and a great story, but it was also a beautiful setting that was intriguing and made me want to study Burmese folklore. It's NOT your usual fare, whatever that is - unless you read more of this author's work. I recommend it!
I've read several books by this author, and have not been disappointed. Magic is a part of all the books I've read - but each story offers something entirely different. Although there is a touch of romance, this is truly urban fantasy. I enjoyed it and was quickly immersed in it - now I want a sequel to find out more about these characters.
I have to agree with Wonderland Press - there is an underlying philosophical depth to this story that enriches it. It's hard to do the book justice. Romance? Mystery? Fantasy? Magic? It has all of those, but it's just, well, MORE. Read it - I think you'll like it!
I loved this book! For me, there is usually a bit of confusion at the beginning where I'm trying to figure out how this world works, and how it is different from the world we live in. Here, that discovery was so well orchestrated that it only made me more interested in the story. I loved the characters and worried about them; they were complex and believable, the story was compelling, and I couldn't put it down.
This book was very satisfying as a mystery, and obviously has an element of fantasy. Not so obvious, there is a hint of romance as well, although just a hint. It is possible to see it as a study of discrimination and oppression, but don't let that prevent you from giving it a read. I found the characters to be well-rounded and I was surprised at the end. I look forward to more books from this author.