This lyrical and engaging novel is simply captivating. Leodora is an eminently sympathetic protagonist; her history and motivations are clearly defined; and the world she moves about in is deeply original while still feeling familiar. The secondary characters are also carefully drawn, and the interplay between them is fascinating. Frost has a way with words that borders on magical.
Soon Leodora and her companions are fleeing a violent past, one that she must deal with if she hopes to break free of it. (Del Rey, Jan., 272 pp., $13.95)