Went into it with cerwiden's review in mind. Didn't expect to like it. Ended up liking it. No surprise there, it's Melina Marchetta. I have to admit, there is something that unsettled me while reading the book, though I'm not quite sure what. Just enough, however, that I can't give five stars to something from one of my favorite authors. All in all, the craftsmanship and lyricism to her writing allowed me to fall into the story.
Of course, with that ending, I must read the third book immediately. Woah, Pheadra, I actually shed a tear or two over you.