Fans of White will not be disappointed in her latest, which follows her other successful novels into print. The characters are empathetic and well realized, making their stories relatable. The history brought into play is also fascinating. The downfall of this novel is that White seems to be trying too hard to find something with which to hook the story and, inevitably makes the story fall short because of it. In spite of trying to push too many fantastical elements into the story, her writing style is pleasing and compelling, and the novel is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.