This book was absolutely fabulous to about 75% then it just took off and became stupid. Like the author had lost the story somewhere, and was desperately trying to find it again. He should have been editing, instead of writing plot in those moments. (Yes, I have a thing for well-written prose. It's my thing). And this? This needed an editor to tell him when to use the verbs lie/lay, to check on his facts (you do *not* have a sophisticated "palette" when you are a chef, you have a "palate". Your anger cannot be "diffused" before it can erupt, it can be "defused". You can't write "the Timekeeper's are punishing you" you write "the Timekeepers".I'VE PAID GOOD MONEY FOR THIS, and it pisses me off. there are more examples, but I can't be bothered now. The ending was highly unsatisfactory, there I was, ready to be awed, waiting for the big reveal and explanation, and a WOW!—and all I ended up with was "Oh?"I was Oh'ed instead of Awed. I really wanted to be awed. It didn't happen. Moving on.***I was NOT asked to read this book by anyone, I paid for it with my own money, as I do for all the books I read, all the music I listen to and the movies I watch.