So good. My heart broke a dozen times for Faith and the struggles she faced as a curious female in the Victorian era. And that heartbreak was often followed by anger. The world Hardinge weaves is a very realistic one that makes me very glad I wasn't born in that era. However the lie tree itself was a little spot on for my tastes, a bit of Victorian moralistic, black and white, preaching that was out of place with the world of complicated greys of the novel. That it only thrived in shadows, and burned in sunlight was just a bit to on the nose. Still, excellent novel.