This book is full of complex metaphors and imagery that is difficult to understand fully. However it is still an intriguing story which touches on many incredible truths about the human condition. The reader is given a window into the nature of redemption and the paradox of finding life in death among many other things.
The main character Mr. Vane is on a strange journey from isolation and self-will to surrender and the presence of God. The other characters in the story are powerful spiritual agents full of wisdom both warm and stark. At times, the story is almost allegorical. Personally I found that the ending was what made the book so wonderful. MacDonald’s images and pictures of heaven are inspiring and beautiful and unlike anything I have read. It made me wish that more writers would be inspired by such rich themes and the subject of heaven. MacDonald writes at times as if he were not just imagining these other worlds but as if he had actual visions of them. Some people might not wish to wade through all of the confusing images and the convoluted story of Lilith, but for those who do there await many inspiring truths to stir the soul.