I’m so sorry, Sharru. I could have sworn I’d actually posted a proper review when I’d finished it the first time.
First of all, I must agree with Acci in that the editing needs significant work. There were a few wobbles with ‘stripped’ / ‘striped’, ‘past’ / ‘passed’, and ‘their’ / ‘there’ / ‘they’re’.
The punctuation and capitalisation were often odd (full stops and commas seemed to be swapped a lot), which jolted me out of the book.
However, more important is the reason it jolted me so much. Normally, a book with the same editing issues would make me itch to reach for a red pen (it’s common knowledge that I’m a pedant). This book is far too absorbing for that.
I loved the way the individual threads wove together, and I felt for the characters. I find it a good sign when, at a change of scene and character, you at first find it annoying that you don’t get to learn how the previous scene continues, then get so intrigued by the new scene that the same thing happens when that one ends…
I even nearly missed my bus stop more than once, as I was too involved in the book to notice it.
I really enjoyed this book and, as Acci said, it is just as good the second time around.
I, too, am impatient for the sequel.