A masterfully written novel. I found myself paying particular attention to Avi's chapter endings. He uses them to propel the reader into the next chapter, raising questions or suspense with nearly every one. His plotting is also excellent. For a while, I thought the ending would be too predictable. And it did end in roughly the way I predicted, but Avi threw in a surprising twist. Also, the final chapter, which is sort of an epilogue, adds another satisfying dimension to the ending. I'd highly recommend The Seer of Shadows to other writers interested in learning from Avi's expert plotting and use of chapter breaks.