This is unique, and I haven’t read anything quite like it before. For that alone, it’s worth a read.
I listened to the audiobook by Jim Dale, one of my favorite readers, and I think that helped my impression of the story.
I found the endless pages of description exhausting at times (especially as it seemed to grow worse as the novel progressed), though I confess description and setting were a huge part of the actual story. Most of it, really.
This novel is light on plot and heavy on world building. Character growth and development are minimal and typically surface level. Usually, that’s a negative for a novel, but there was something so unusual about this whole story that it sort of worked.
It used a strange sort of trickery to elicit emotions from me, and I have a confusing sort of frustrated admiration for that. I mean, at least it made me feel things. I just wish, I had come to feel them on my own, through solid storytelling, instead of the sudden pretty words used as a knife to my heartstrings approach.
Still, there’s something fascinating enough about this story that I may sit on it a few years, and then give it another try to see if I come away with the same impressions.