I'm surprised to see I hadn't written a post, though I finished this book several weeks ago. But on second thought, it is a lengthy, densely populated, and intricately constructed book. It wanted digestion.
My prose preferences tend toward prettiness and elegance, and this book is neither, except in the apparatus that holds it together. No, I have no idea what the moons and stars have to do with the plot, but I did appreciate the way the sections and chapters started broad and long and messy, and got steadily shorter and more to the point as the events that brought about the murder mystery became more clear.
Not completely clear. I still can't tell you what happened.
All the same, I love a well-wrought historical novel, and this one is rife with detail about a place and time that was previously only known to me through The Piano film.