While a bit disappointed with the ending of this book, I did find it an interesting overall. The landscape was rather bleak, which fit the story. I also found the interweaving the old folk tale, also call The Nettle Spinner (http://www.worldoftales.com/fairy_tales/Andrew_Lang_fairy_books/Red_fairy_book/The_Nettle_Spinner.html) kept me reading. I am also curious now, to see what spun nettle looks like!!
Just for the record though, I will NEVER, in this life or the next, work as a tree planter!!! :)