Many of you know I dislike poetry and flowery allegory. This book is full of that. What is missing is a savior and holy spirit. The evil is presented well. The faithful, not nearly so much. They are desperately holding on to the great virtue (as far as this book is concerned) of hope. Hope is a result and symptom of a deep relationship with God. There is none of that here.
Once I got beyond all the flowery prose, the actual content was minimal. There is virtually no true faith or religion. What hinted at is religion, never a saving relationship. Nevertheless, the story is interesting. However, it never made it into the good read category. It was a struggle to finish it.