Read this book to get lost in the mystique of the Forests of Serre. Ready for danger in a bone house? For a fire-bird beautiful beyond comprehension? For a life without a heart? Patricia McKillip has written a wonderful story with engaging characters. The words are flowingly descriptive and the tale captivating. This book is not rated as excellent simply because it was a little too twisted for my taste and had too many uncertainties left unanswered.