This was my first Paulo Coelho book, and I was not left disappointed! It has an interesting style, written from the point of view of each key player in the protagonist, Athena's, life. You get a different view of Athena from each person, her ex-husband, her mother, her teacher. With each one you get a new and different perspective which keeps things fresh. A person might judge this book by it's title and assume its about something "occult-ish", I certainly did and let it be known that it's nothing like that. This is a beautifully written novel about a woman searching for her true self, and her full potential. The feminine aspects of God, something that has and is constantly ignored or belittled, is explored by both Athena and Coelho. So if your looking for something to reflect on, and a great conversation started, this is a great choice!