All the rave reviewers evidently don't mind splurges of Middle English which at points threaten to derail the narrative. Nor myself usally, but after consulting a well known glossary of Middle English and not finding one example of this idiom I was not impressed. As for the more updated version of English, who speaks like these people - even allowing for the setting in academia? The syntax is a clunky mid C20 exhumation and given the year 2054 hasn't evolved apart from some stilted and laboured attempts at word coinage. "My Goodness", someone says in response to something that has startled him. The main character, Kivrin, takes far too long to get out of that wood, what with all the pretty descriptions of nature and different hues of nightfall. She's nearly as wet as a Dickens heroine without the consumption (just flu). The story and plotting is sound but Willis's drawing of character is a hit and miss affair. Gilchrist is a cartoon, and Mrs Gaddson is pure Dickens - done badly. A tougher editor would have helped. M.Crichton did it much better with Timeline, though it's easy to see where he got the idea.