A really interesting book that did a lot to explain the state of things in the other books. However, I had a deep and intense urge to shake Clariel the entire time that really ruined my enjoyment of the book. She's just SUCH a teenie and not very sensible. Perhaps I'm just too old to enjoy these books as much as I did as a kid.
Also, Nix still can't write a female pov who has sexual desire, and although it makes sense in Clariel's character, it's weird taken in whole.