This unusual novel is elegantly written and appropriately mysterious. I'm not much of a fan of fantasy writing and I've always found novels about 'real' magic problematic, but Morgenstern's world is understated and believable, with well-rounded characters who happen to be able to alter reality. The build-up to the climax is perhaps a little too long in coming, but the journey is an entertaining one, and certainly unlike anything else I've read in a very long time. This is one of those novels you just have to dive into and get lost in. Very impressive.