This book had one of the most amazing introductions. I was captivated early and excited to read more. But then it become horribly ordinary. I stopped reading it and eventually had to turn it back into the library. Maybe it picked back up? From the reviews on Amazon.com, it appears that I did not give it enough time? Maybe a few hundred pages in the author found a way to match the brilliance of the first five pages? I am not sure, but maybe I will try again if I find the book on the shelf again at the library.