A lovely plot, beautiful imagery, clever but over too fast, I think. I'm not sure if this is because I had a solid two hours to fill and read it without breaks or because it touches on interesting things and then slips past them. I've become quite used to reading slowly, with lots of breaks that give me time to think about what I'm reading. Perhaps it would have been a meatier dish with that time?At any rate, I enjoyed how Abidi wrote about families and sibling relationships and intend to get hold of his book, [b:The House of Bilquis]. Don't read this if you want well-rounded female characters, though.