This book had 205 pages on the Nook. I did not realize at the time that this is the second book in the series so that may be some of the problem I had with this book.For me The first 1/3 or so of this book was all over the place to me. The story telling didn't seem tight or to flow well. But I kept reading and the writing in the next 2/3's got better. The story started to flow and we finally got to feel some connection between Helena & Niccolo. Cimil was a fun part of the book.