Unfortunately, the captivating portion of the book doesn’t start until chapter 18/27 which is around the 8-9 hour mark. The tone setting portion of the story (ch 1-17) is beautifully written, sure. But it was something I convinced myself to power through because other reviews led me to believe this was an awesome book. Once things start heating up, it’s a slow burn and an enjoyable one. I’m not sure if I would recommend this to anyone. While I’m glad I pushed through it and enjoyed the climax and “resolution” phases, it was too slow and overly detailed for me.