“I truly enjoyed sections of this book. Some of them, however (in my opinion) were written too formally, or included too much repetitive information/explanation, or it was just too wordy. I found myself skipping over those parts to get to the good stuff. I think it could have been shorter and been just as good, if not better. The beginning drew me in quickly. It was extremely intriguing, and I couldn't wait to delve further into the story. As I got about half way into the book, my enthusiasm decreased because there was too much of a lull before the final reveal. Over all, I feel the author has a wonderful imagination, and great potential, and I love the main idea for the story. The tale of Bowen's family and how he ended up with the monks was riveting. The story of his punishment by the monks was painful and heart wrenching. The idea that Aaron was questioning his faith, that he was taking these "trips" to the past, and he endured the whippings for Bowen was fascinating. The very end, where the story comes together is also very interesting. The way they are all pulled together in the book could be better.
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. ”