I've started (and put down) this book many times, but never got very far into it. Something about the writing always threw me off--like eyeroll threw me off. But every time I try to look for a book in this genre, the Kara Gillian series is recommended. Not this book, specifically, but the later novels. And looking at later novel reviews--they're so much better than this book. Now, I don't know if that's because people gave up on the series after this book, and only fans continued on (I often wonder that with incrementally higher book series ratings), but it's made me want to read the series. Hence my start and stop with this one. So, I finally pushed through MotD, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it was worth it.