Summers At Castle Auburn
by Sharon Shinn
Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn is a pretty typical fantasy young adult novel; however, it is a good one--fun to read, well-paced and interesting, and different enough from its forbears in the genre to keep one guessing just enough. It was realistic in its depiction of people, showing character growth over a 4-5 year period but also, in a few characters, halting, backsliding, and other kinds of muddling or otherwise negative trends. I admit, now that I'm older I realize the realism in this, however much I hate seeing characters chose ugliness over beauty, unkindness over compassion. Still, the good guys win.