First, I have to admire the illustrations found within its pages. They are absolutely beautiful and stunning!
The story follows our main protagonist, Lahr, a young Gelfling shepherd who finds that his village has been raided by the evil Garthim, twisted servants of the tyrannical Skeksis. Lahr finds the courage to seek out his captive villagers and save them before the Skeksis kill them first. Along the way he pairs up with another local village raid survivor, Neffi, who, just like him, seeks to find her lost loved ones from the clutches of the Skeksis. But Neffi and Lahr both know this quest will take more than just their courage to succeed.
At first, I didn't think I'd enjoy the story as much as I thought I would. To me, it started out a bit slow and didn't really pick until the last third of the book. However, what I found interesting was learning more about the Gelfling in the process. We actually get to see more of them in numbers, how they lived, things like that. And now it makes a TON of sense why their race was eradicated in the first place. I won't spoil it for those who haven't read it yet.
That battle at the end, though. That was EPIC and very creative. I was rooting for the characters all the way through. There was even one death in particular that made me a little sad, but it's war. The good die just as easily as the bad. Sacrifices have to be made on both sides.
Although it was short, the ending made me want to pick up the next book, which I will read, because I MUST know what happens next! All in all, it was a light but entertaining read for this evening, and I give it 4 out of 5 stars and definitely recommend it for fans of The Dark Crystal.