Here is a novel that asks to be taken seriously. It is not fast paced or sensational, on the contrary it requires concentration and commitment. I enjoyed the first of the trilogy but this was different again. The research undertaken to give this work authenticity is commendable. It is delightful and respectful and shows the author's reverence for the customs and beliefs of the Korean people. I would recommend this to anyone who is serious about learning more about the Korean Peninsula and its struggles, especially in light of the current attempts at détentente. A very moving, satisfying book.