Like many others who read this, I found the cover to be deceptive. This is not a happy animal tale. This book has cruelty and betrayal, loss and sorrow. It is very beautifully written and the stories (there are multiple threads) are each interesting. However, I was distracted with the jumping around from story to story a little disconcerting. The themes and ending are quite lovely, but I really hated Gar Face and found nothing redemptive about him. He was just mean through and through. I guess overall, I have mixed feelings about it.
There are a few frightening and violent things that happen.
Overall rating: ***