I first read about this book on the hermitage blog which is in itself a wonderful read. It's not the type of book I would usually choose but Rima made it sound so appealing I decided to give it a try. At over a thousand pages even if I didn't like it it would make a good doorstop. Its been a lond time since I have enjoyed a book so much. Its completley absorbing and now that I have finished it I miss it. The author's imagination is extraordinary, a really magical magic book. I was a little put off when I read the blurb which mentioned the Napoleonic Wars but it really was enchanting. Thank you Rima.