This story had a lot of promise, but unfortunately never paid off. Once the setup is revealed, nothing really happens until the very end. Long, vague descriptions slow the pace down to a crawl. Reading this reminds me of waking up from a dream I can't seem to remember because it all blurs into a confusing mess. This would have worked much better as a novella -- something, in my opinion, Tim Lebbon is better at writing. There simply wasn't enough material to merit a 325 page novel. I hate to say it, but this is another disappointment. Lebbon's novel, Beserk, is still his best work.