I had heard a lot of good things about the Arcane Society series, and wanted to give it a try. I really wanted to like this story, because it is a historical, and a mystery, with some paranormal thrown in. I don't mind that there were both romance and mystery elements to the story, but this story was hard to get into at first, and to follow. The dialogue, especially, had me thinking, what the heck are they talking about? several times. This was my first time reading an Amanda Quick title, though, and I want to attribute some of my difficulty with the story to that. Sometimes it takes me a while to get used to a writer's style. For the most part I liked the book, and I will probably continue with the series, just to see if it gets better.