Like the previous two books in this series, this story takes place in a wonderfully rendered Barcelona. The characters, principally Fermin, are loveable without being cute. This book focuses on Fermin's story and gets his present reconciled with his past, more or less. The down side is that this book feels like the first half of a book rather than a self-contained one. The first two books work on their own, but this one really doesn't. There are too many clues dropped, interesting characters introduced and then dropped, and heavy foreshadowing to really love it. I guess the author intends to write another one, which is great. But I felt like it led to a weakness in this one.