Although Rachel Aaron’s creative fantasy novel manages to pull the reader in by the middle of the book, the first half has a slow pace and is hard to follow. This fifth installment in The Legend of Eli Monpress series will probably leave readers who are new to the series confused for a large portion of the book. But once the unusual characters and setting are explained, the reader is free to enjoy the eventually exciting plot. As the book comes to a close, you’ll be dying to know the ending, and will be awed by the well-planned but unexpected conclusion. Overall, it’s a worthwhile read, especially for fans of the series.