I so admire authors who can create complex, unexpected, and yet totally convincing magical realms with layers of political intrigues and emotions. Book 80 that I felt was too “old” for Newbery and thus abandoned in mid-read kept calling me as I read other books — it DEMANDED me to get back to that world and to those characters: to find out what happens next, to revel in the beauty of the language, and to appreciate the rolling and tumbling of the heart as a vessel on a stormy emotional ocean. The book is so satisfying and complete… and I can’t wait ’til the next book in the series to come out! But, this Age appropriateness thing is going to keep rearing its annoying head… I’m writing an entry just on this issue. To be posted soon.