This is a story that draws you in from the moment you read the first page, as exquisitely crafted as the sumptuous wedding robe from which it takes its name.
It is a book for both lovers of fantasy and those like myself who usually avoid the genre, for it transports you into a world that is rich and strange but solid and believable as the everyday world about us.
There are no Dark Lords here, or mighty sword wielding heroes, and no arbitrary quests for magic artefacts Only characters who are delightfully different but completely three dimensional, with thoughts, feelings and aspirations as recognisable as those of the best you meet in mainstream literature.
While the plot is as exciting as any airport thriller, yet as exotic and intricate as the stump work's rich embroidery, full of secrets and surprises, beauty and horror.
All that and a master artist's skill in painting with words.
This has been the freshest and most unique reading experience I've had in many a month of Sundays