Let me say this at the outset: Sibella Giorello is a true wordsmith who possesses all the gifts she needs to write excellent literary fiction. The lyrical quality of her writing style manages to break through even in this genre novel. Couple that with her dexterous handling of visual imagery, and you have the makings of a fine literary novelist.
In a genre novel, however, other elements are just as important as the author's style and ability to paint memorable word pictures. For the most part, Giorello handles these elements well enough --- but not without a few problems.
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