I read the first chapter of this on Tor several years ago, and was so excited to read the entire book. I even bought the book (a used copy however). But when I finally started the book, I was so disappointed. It has some shades of Beauty and the Beast, but really, it's a retelling of The Miracle Worker . And that could have been an interesting story, except Connolly just doesn't take us anywhere fast enough. Nothing interesting happens, although in full disclosure, I got bored and started reading another book (that I also disliked, but I will tell you about that one in the next post).