Not as good as previous books. The history is still good but the main characters have become less likable. Magenlina is irritating irresponsible and generally unlikable. She is constantly wining about Simon and complaining about her lot in like. In every book she finds another guy attractive. Her it's a mute. Kuisl has become boorish with his know it all attitude. He leaves his sick wife to "help" a friend who he hasn't seen in 20 years with disastrous.. consequences. During his search for Simon and his grandchildren he stops to look at books. Really!!!