I don't read books like this often, as I'm usually drawn more to women's fiction and mystery/thrillers. However, I loved Diane Setterfield's first book (The Thirteenth Tale) and this one sounded like a fairy tale written for adults. I wish more books were written in this style. The story, while at times somewhat slow, was captivating and enchanting. It was everything I hoped it would be, with mysterious characters, folklore, mythology, and a little darkness thrown in it. It's the kind of story that endures and is worth re-reading from time to time. If you are looking for a novel that deviates from the standard fare and really appeals to the imaginative and even romantic side to you, I definitely recommend this one.