…[O]ne element that elevates this above so much of what I’ve read in recent months is the author’s evocative use of language. … Because of both the suspenseful nature of the plot and the creation of a world unknown to the reader, there are questions throughout the text … . Each question is its own strand, but the wonderful thing about this particular weaving, nothing is left to dangle. Questions are answered, often in ways completely unexpected but that make total sense. Resolution is found, again in corners I hadn’t anticipated. This marks the talent of not just a superb wordsmith but a master storyteller. It’s always a joy to find gems like this one.