Upon reading the prologue I wasn't sure if i wanted to read this book. The first chapter left me not liking vapid Isobel, but somehow, slowly, she transforms into a great character. Varen enters the book cold and void of emotion but an odd relationship forms between him and Isobel. The Poe world leaks subtly into the story leading up to an imaginative problem. Each line flowed like poetry and in the end i was breathless.