Although I recognize that Margo Lanagan is a talented writer, I had no investment in the characters after 200 pages.
I know that this book received some wonderful reviews, but I honestly can't think of a young adult reader I know that would like this book (this never happens to me!).
The beginning of the book opens with the sexual abuse Liga, a teenage girl, suffers at the hands of her father. Liga is also raped by a group of boys who break into her house. These horrific events, described with little sentimentality, compassion, or hope seemed inappropriate in a novel written for young adults.
Did I mention that this is a fantasy book set in a medieval universe?
I did connect to Liga, though. She is a survivor, but just when Liga's life takes a promising turn, she fades into the background and her two daughters become the protagonists of the story. When Liga ceased to be the main focus of the story, I lost interest.
I built an "abandoned" book shelf, just for this book and The Night Tourist.