In the second half of Alanna: The First Adventure, things are still not what I expected. But this is everything my heart needed. Spoilers follow for chapter 5 through to the end.
In the first part of Alanna: The First Adventure. nothing is what I expected it to be. IT IS ALL SO MUCH BETTER. I was not ready. I am, however, hopelessly hooked. Spoilers follow for chapters 1-4.