by Pedro Barrento.
I really wanted to like this book – the premise was clever, and Barrento creates a convincing fantasy world. But I struggled with the writing, which I found incessantly “tell-y”. And it was so long (the equivalent of 700+ pages), which was exhausting! (Or maybe I’m just a lightweight.) I did finish it – I wanted to know what happened – and I’m glad I persisted; but it was hard work for me.