I loved this book when I first read it as a ten or eleven year old. I wanted to fight with a sword and have purple eyes and save the day with my awesome gift.
I'm glad I read this book at that age. If I didn't have such fantastic memories of it and my reactions at the time, I probably wouldn't be giving it as high as four stars today, but I enjoyed re-reading it. Everything was just as I remembered - just slightly less exciting. I'm looking forward to re-reading the rest of the series.