When a reader that normally does not like fantasy novels set in world with unknown names falls in love with a book from that genre, then you know the author did a spectacular job of bringing their story to life for all to enjoy. I am that reader that does not normally like fantasy novels and for one to have me sit down and read it from cover to cover says a lot about the book and the author. I highly recommend this book to readers of all genres.
Jessamine is the saddest character in the book and her self sacrificing behavior is as misguided as it is laudable. You can almost smell the filth and corruption that permeates Clarendon, a true cesspool of a city. This is a story of how a boy grows into being a man and accepting his faults and redeeming his failures. I recommend it.