I enjoyed reading this book very much, but found it slightly more difficult to escape into than the only other Kearsley book I've read (The Winter Sea). Slight spoiler: Like Kearsley's other work, this book involves some time travel. I found the instances of time travel in Mariana much less elegant than a similar tactic used in Winter Sea. I became slightly distracted from the story because I was thinking too much about how the time travel would work. Other than that slight snag, this was a quick and engaging read, and it won't be the last book of Kearsley's that I read.