Whew-- I am glad someone else went first!
So, in regards to the first three chapters, I am not for sure what the author is going to do, BUT, I think that it will be interesting to see how long she keeps the character's bound to separate chapters. I don't know how many of you have read the Shipping News, but in it the author uses colors and scenery to mimic the emotional well-being of a character. I love the idea of involving the very fabric of the book with the essence of the character. Maybe, as the book goes on we will see less separation between the characters and it will be mimicked in the book's format. I am not sure because I haven't read the whole book, but we do know that Longrobe Ta-ni-hel and Haiki meet in the village and will be interacting. So, I guess in response to that, I am going to be paying more attention to how the characters are separated or joined through formatting.
I also really like the use of the Huron's belief stories. I wonder if any of them are based on the actual beliefs of First Nation's tribes.
Did any one else find her canine perspective interesting? I liked that it didn't get too anthropomorphic--at least they were not talking in a human sense. Thoughts?