I have read all of Claudia Dains' books. Her first ones were really excellent, and then, something happened, as often happens with authors who run out of inspiration. They started to be less fulfilling and pleasing, dragging and repetitive. This time, the poor quality was refelcted in the first half of the book where her writing style was awful I blame her editors. Phrases were so out of sync with ensuing sentences, it was like reading Latin, going from front to end to middle. Horrible. I was just about to give up on this book when suddenly it was like someone else took over the writing and voila! the quality totally changed. Did someone else write the first half?
The second half was very good with a good plot, and far less repetitious material. Claudia! Pay Attention!