It took a bit for me to get into this one, but once I did, I flew through it!
I found the beginning to be a bit boring, and Agnieszka a bit irritating. But there is a point about 50 or so pages in, when she is fighting off the advances of the Prince, that things clicked for me and I started enjoying this book. Things do slow down a bit towards the middle bit, and you have to muddle through, but once you get past that, things pick up again. (I don’t want to spoil the story for those who haven’t read it yet, so I won’t say anymore on that).
I thought the world building in this was excellently done. Information was presented a bit at time so as not to overwhelm.
Now, (SPOILER), the wizard known as the Dragon is not actually a dragon. Sad, I know. I was a bit disappointed, because I love stories with dragons. And to be honest, he a bit of a d*ck. That being said, Agnieszka begins to grow close to the Dragon, and learn what it is that happens to the girls he takes to his castle every ten years.
I think my favorite relationship in this book was the one between Agnieszka and her sister, Kasia. They are close to each other, and do anything to protect each other, going so far as to rush into the woods to rescue the other.