a really, really difficult read. it might work for a young teenager.
this was one of many books by the author that hit the user-selected top 100 books of the 20th century put out by some publishing group, i forget who. at the time i was making an effort to go through and read the top 100 picks from both the academics and the popular list. this book was the highest rated by this author. if this is his best book, i would never dare open another.
poor characterizations, uncompelling plot, lack of dramatic tension, and very non-scary monsters. i guess it is popular because it is about earthy magic. not enough for me.