I just finished this book, in which I almost, ALMOST cried (sorry, it takes a lot, unless there are babies or kittens involved) and I've got that deliciously sad feeling I always get when an awesome book has finished. If only it could go on forever. :(This book was amazing. Yukiko was pretty awesome, and the growth of her character throughout the book made sense as well as her feelings and actions. I freaking LOVE the fact that this book was in third person. Which is where fantasy should STAY TYVM.Buruu... was pretty cool, I grant you that. I loved the fact that Kristoff took time to evolve his character as well. Nice touch!I want to go on and on about this book, but I'm afraid if I do I will spoil it. But I do want to say that even for a longtime reader like me there were a few surprises that I didn't see coming. I do quickly want to address what several of`the readers have said about the "excessive" detail in the writing. Sorry, that just makes me laugh. Here is where I don't want to do a disservice to other YA readers, but guys, this book does NOT have excessive detail. It's pretty much spot on for Epic Fantasy. This is where I wonder if Kristoff is really best served putting this book under the category of YA fantasy/steampunk. I think, judging from the maturity of the writing and the different characters who AREN'T teens that it could easily have been classified as adult fantasy.Honestly, compared to a descriptionaholic like Terry Goodkind, this book is downright spartan, and that is just one example. So Kristoff, KEEP IT UP! You're doing exactly what you should do and it definitely worked for me!!!