I like Joanne Harris, so it’s a shame that this novel is nothing special. The writing is good, measured and well-paced. But the story just lacks any uniqueness and intrigue. Through part one and about half of part two it kept my attention, but after that it just seemed to fade away. This is too much of a regurgitation of legend that’s been written and read already; it needed that extra something to make it unique, but it falls short.