For the most part, this was a very good book. It is well written and the characters are interesting. Terrific action scenes keep the pace high at times.
The story, however, was simply over-the-top complicated. There are too many characters and some have similar personalities. The twists and turns are thrown together rapidly and are sometimes difficult to straighten out before another is on top of you.
And, there are parts of the book that come across as pre-set movie scenes ... characters portrayed as ruthless that hesitate just long enough for intervention to save the good guys.
In the end, I was relieved that the book ended, not wishing there was more.
It's now been two days since the story ended. I have a real sense of loss that the characters from this story are gone.
The characters in this story are expertly crafted, intelligent, beautiful and interesting. I loved some, hated others ... the ups and downs in this story stirred significant emotion.
I found there to be surprisingly little time spent on cathedral building given many of the other reviews here. The balance of story and structural discussion was masterfully crafted. The descriptions of the buildings in the story made me want to research structures from that time and put reality to the imagination.
As you can tell, I loved this story. I'm downloading the sequal right now and looking forward to another journey through Kingsbridge.
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