I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me slightly of Jasper Fforde’s The Well of Lost Plots, although not reaching those heights of brilliance (and for me, I doubt anything ever will). Libromancy is the magic I always wished I had; and if I’d read this as a child it would have been the stuff of dreams. I enjoyed the idea that fictional creatures appeared from literature; that the many species of vampire came from the cult fiction novels we know so well.
The pace did slow through the middle, which was a shame as the content was wonderful. The characters were also interesting, and the historical references added to the impressive plot. I did at times feel as though the novel was trying a little too hard to be ‘different’ in terms of the characters and personalities. While it was refreshing to see an exploration of views of sexuality, at times I felt I was being bashed around the head with it. However, as I appreciate the sentiment, I can live with it.
Although I enjoyed it, I’m not desperate for the next in the series. I’m intrigued to see where it will go, but not hanging on to the edge of my seat in anticipation.