Although Magebane is not a YA novel, it does have relatively young protaganists, and there’s certainly no reason older teens wouldn’t enjoy it…a fact with which VOYA concurs. VOYA (it stands for Voice of Youth Advocates) magazine is “the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading,” so it’s gratifying that their reviewer Heidi Uphoff has this to say about Magebane (it’s not an unadulterated rave, as you’ll see, but I’ll take it!):

Chane created a fascinating and unique world in Magebane, a stand-alone fantasy novel. There is a little predictability with the main characters’ story lines. Neither the romance between the sheltered girl and the worldly boy nor the prince who wishes for a more meaningful life are unexpected. Readers are likely to overlook this, however, as they race to find out what happens next in this fast-paced, action-packed book. This is an excellent recommendation for fantasy-loving teens looking for something out of the ordinary.

Read the whole thing.