Martak and Marianna are a wonderful couple, both compelling and innocent in their encounters until passion ignites emotions in them both that they've never experienced before. Though they've never been touched by love of this magnitude, they are unable to deny it (nor should they!), leading us to witness their firsts on all counts....including heartbreak. Now, it's not in the way you might think. Neither has done anything to the other, they are merely pawns in a game being played by Good and Evil to determine the light or darkness of our days. Poor dears...they never knew what they were in store for but then truly, what lovers do? When all is said and done, a horrible deed has been carried out but I dare say with love to guide the way, the wounds left behind can be healed. A hard story to read emotionally with all that happens but certainly memorable.
As for the presentation, who doesn't like a good storybook? I mean, I know I do and the formatting serves us well here. The full page illustrations are not as often as you might think (bummer) but when they do make an appearance, they are worth the extra time to explore. Along the way, we have smaller pictures to break up the text depicting key objects important to the characters or illuminating something to come in a more symbolic style. The rich colors draw the eye while the scenes portrayed bring otherwise mundane circumstances to life....okay, well except the initial meeting of Good; that was pretty big illustrated or not.
In the end, it's a story I'd recommend for Fantasy and Storybook fans alike, so long as they are in their late teens or adult years; once again, the story is mostly chaste, but there are instances more sensual in nature as well as those that I wouldn't wish on my enemy (don't worry, he is dealt with....*hmpf*). Come for the illustrations, stay for the story, and leave with another couple of which to remark upon the next time you think of "great loves".