Finally, some “history” of the world of St. Mary’s!
Taylor’s authorial voice makes pages and pages of expository narrative delightful rather than boring. Even more fascinating, this time she’s not talking about something “real” — this time the historical events are all from her imagination. I loved every intricate detail of it. The more specific meat of the story is told as a story to the main character, but the storytelling is just as riveting as if the main character was there, or I was viewing the events through the teller’s eyes/memories.
In bits, the tale was incredibly appropriate to current day issues. And while I still wish to learn more about the bigger picture of the world that this series inhabits, I’m not sure I’ll complain if it’s doled out in delightful stories like this one.