Gods, I'm so envious of Lanagan's prose. There's an ease to her writing that's just beautiful to read, and her style is so lyrical and poetic that it makes me want to cry.That being said, I didn't find this one quite as good as The Brides of Rollrock Island. I think as a fairytale retelling, it's astounding. The changes she makes to the fairytale and the explanations for certain events all made sense and become a cohesive story. But as a story on its own... I'm not sure, I enjoyed it, but not to the extent I did my first Lanagan novel. There's also an event later on in the book that did not sit well with me at all, but I can't say much more without spoiling things.I still intend to read every Lanagan I can get my hands on, though.