I decided to read The Gypsy when I found out that Megan Lindholm and Robin Hobb were in fact the same author. Being a huge fan of Ms Hobb's books, I wanted to read anything else that she had written, and this was the first book that I was able to find. I will say from the outset that this is not a good reason for purchasing this novel. The Gypsy is initially a rather slow and confusing story. I found the disjointed, soap-opera style of story telling rather irritating, and the need to constantly check back to find out who is who made progress rather slow. Once the style and characters became established, after about 100 pages or so, the story does begin to take shape and the novel becomes more enjoyable. The blend of fantasy and reality; the cross-over between the world of the cop Stepovich and that of the gypsy brothers was intriguing, although I did feel at times that occurrences in the fantasy world were a little too abstract and difficult to follow. Overall the book provided an interesting diversion, but not the gripping read that I hoped for.