The books I tend to keep are the ones that are different from the usual fantasy fare...this fits well. It is a great combination of horror and fantasy that grabs you from the start and keeps you. Set in the world created in her previous books but set generations earlier. It tells the story of a boy...who is not what he seems and the horror was what was done to protect him. I enjoyed the characters and the world explored in this story. The entire series is very good, but I must admit the first in the series was not surpassed. Good read and a keeper.