I was enticed into reading this book, after all the hype surrounding it and positive reviews promoting this novel, but I was sadly disappointed when I purchased a copy of it. It took me over a week to finish it; and only because I forced myself to get to the end. I did not mind the gory imagery; that was actually the more interesting components of this novel. I neither liked the narrator, nor believed in the heroine, Marianne Engel. I found the stories offered by this heroine to be somewhat entertaining, with always a sort of moral feel to them, but I was not left feeling convinced that these two characters were indeed destined star crossed lovers that have been brought together again, seven centuries later. The descriptive imagery in the novel is well written, but the characters lacked real appeal and believability, and so it was excruciating to read. I would definitely pass purchasing this novel, but if it still interests you, read it from your local library, or borrow it from a friend.