Apologies for the delay in writing this book review!
It was interesting to read the other reviewers thoughts on this book before writing this review, as sometimes a book just isn't your cup of tea, and that's not because the book is bad, it's just down to your personal preferences.
We were excited about this book as we are huge Philip Pullman fans and this book had been marketed as Philip Pullman-esq. I think that can sometimes be a marketing mistake, as people are expecting one thing and this book should be considered in it's own right and on it's own merit.
I'm afraid for my son, he felt very much the same as the review by Muchkin Megan, he just couldn't get into it and did struggle with over description slowing down the pace of the story. I'm afraid that he just couldn't maintain the motivation to finish the story, but he did find elements of the story intriguing.
Thinking that it might just have not been to a boy's taste, I then read it to give a different take on the book. I really, really wanted to enjoy it, but I'm afraid it lost even me about 3/4 of the way through. We did not finish the book, but it's quite possible it might have had a really exciting ending that turned it all around!
However, to be fair to the book, there are reviewers on here that have really loved it and reviewers on Amazon and Love Reading. So I would say don't discount it on reading this review - maybe download a preview/ kindle sample and see if it's for you first.