I had trouble rating this book. The story was a beautiful retelling of a classic fairy tale and the historical backdrop just added to the story. I'm not sure if it was my mood or something else, but I had trouble getting into this book. I kept putting it back down througout the first part. It picked up through the middle, but somehow I still found myself wanting a little faster pace. (It wasn't the size of the book, I've read 800+ page books and savored every moment of them.) I will probably try the second book in the trilogy at some point.