Lace is an intriguing story but a bit more fantastical than I usually read. It is fast-paced, if somewhat confusing at times. I wasn't sure about Var and I'm still undecided about whether or not I like the character, but he was starting to grow on me by the end of the book. There are some truly heartwrenching scenes throughout the story, but it does end with hope. The author has a good writing style and excellent world building, so I will check out the sequel.