The author makes beautiful use of language in the descriptions, but that's the only positive thing I can say about this book. It's ridiculously slow and tedious. Like frozen treacle. Nothing happens. When something FINALLY does happen, nothing happens. The characters are flat, dull and just "hang around" waiting for things to happen, and then don't even react! My vegetables have more personality than this whole 500+ page book stuffed full of characters! I wasn't inspired to like them or hate them or feel anything about them. Even the fairy critters (when they make an appearance) are boring. Maybe if you like "classics" you will like this, but it just didn't give me warm, fuzzy feeling, or any feelings other than relief that this book was finally done.