Just finished The Hidden Stars. I felt like it really started to move at the end...I am anxious to read the next one.
Kelpie, you are quite the storyteller. I particularily enjoyed the relationship between Sinderian and her father, Faolein. Also, enjoyed the invented language(s)--am I off-base, or do I detect a hint of Latin-esque inflection? JRR Tolkien wrote LOTR as a platform for his invented language(s), and even though I am a linguist, I don't aspire to anything so enormous...did you have the language before you started, or is it "off the cuff?"
By the way, I will be recommending the book to friends, family, people that I accost in Borders, etc.
Thanks for an engaging read.