I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. The first part of this two-part book is just marvelous. I thought I would have a problem reading such a long book, that I would become bored. Bored I most absolutely am not! I'm glad it's not over yet and I still have a long time to spend with these characters and their stories. This is a serious literary piece of work - so why then am I laughing so much?! Humorous, suspenseful, gripping. Mr. Thomas certainly has a way with words and knows how to tell a story and keep you hooked. Will save a more detailed review for when I've finished Part 2.