Our heroine, Jane, is a young woman with a mind and will of her own, when spells are not forcing her to abandon her home. This is both an admirable quality and an irritating stubbornness that traps her and frees her, taking the reader on an emotionally complicated journey. Other characters only give fleeting glimpses of themselves to the reader, whereas others yet are nakedly on full arrogant display.
I will say that I most enjoyed the first two thirds of the story more than I enjoyed the last third, which changes setting and is almost like a separate tale of its own, or a very long post script. But I do appreciate the last third, too. I don’t always like the way things turn out in a novel, but I can respect it as it’s own, separate being over which I have little to no control. Like life.
Read Spellhaven if you enjoy magic, fantasy mixed with history, characters that don’t always (or often) cooperate and if you don’t mind a tale that ends with some ambiguity and strong but mixed emotions.