The Lass is a great character, though in classic fairytale fashion she’s defined by her actions and bravery as opposed to her personality. Every element of this story is like a fable, which makes it quite an adventure story with a bit of whimsical and a shadow of the grotesque.
It was a compelling story, even knowing how it must end, primarily because the author fleshes out the world in a very sensual way (and by that I mean sensory, not sexual). She provides enough detail to bring to life a Norse-esque/Polish-esque/Romanian-esque culture that is somehow not foreign at all….but she doesn’t bog down the forward momentum with too many details.
I definitely recommend this book for fans of fairytale retellings and mythology, those who enjoy a non-epic fantasy story, fans of northern European cultures and stories, folks who like female heroines who are brave and bold and self-assured, and anyone wanting a relatively quick read that is also meaningful.