The author painted beautiful word pictures that unfolded in smoothly my mind. The characters were fleshed out into three dimensions and I could easily see them as living breathing people. I will look for other books by this author.
Unfortunately the two main characters were not anyone I would choose to associate with and did not want residing in my head. The female lead was an emotional sadist who never past an opportunity to emasculate or hurt her lover. This not being enough she goes out of her way to create new opportunities to hurt him. The male lead keeps taking it, as if he believes that emotional abuse is all he deserves. The male lead accidentally discovers a form of magic through the Celtic patterns in the book of Kells, introducing the second female character, the only worthwhile individual I "Met" in the novel. They follow the female leads direction into trouble and more emotional abuse of the male lead; hurting him seemed to be the female leads primary joy in life. The only thing that kept me from hoping for the female leads death, was that it might injure the other characters. I finally quit the book rather than spend any more time with that hateful character.