This one took me a long time to get into, through no fault of the author. Unfortunately, the writing style, while strong, just didn't strike a chord with me. I believe this is because 1) I found the language distracting, although it was in character and appropriate for the book, and 2) was a very slow-building story. So, while the author was obviously talented and wrote a strong piece, in the end, it just didn't resonate for me. The last 1/3 of the book did capture my attention more, so in the end I come to rate this work a reluctant three. Again, my feelings for this book are primarily due to personal preference and in no way reflects poor writing on the part of the author.