This one combines the best of two authors - Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Amal El-Mohtar is a dreamer of interstitial spaces populated by strange people and their families. Max Gladstone has created intricate corporate and religious worlds. Together, they bring their strengths to an epic across time that is a deceptively simple love story.
The characters are complex, the language flowing, the plotting brilliant, and the overall story arc a thing of beauty. Poetry and casual violence coexist with aplomb in this slim volume, which is no easy feat. But these writers have pulled it off. All without breaking a sweat.
I was prepared for an exciting story and got that, plus much, much more. Pick this one up. Today.