That is why in good faith I cannot give this book less than four stars - the writing is better than so many books that I have read. I am also not sure whether this book can be called epical romance - I would call it fantasy epic about New York. I have to admit that I also enjoyed first part more than the second part of the book. I just felt that exuberant magic slowly but surely changes to religious undertones (and I get that it was supposed to be that way from the beginning), but the more book is proceeding to the end, the more boring and in your face religious preaching gets IMO. At least I interpreted it that way. I do not mind when it is done in the interesting way (twist on the existing religion), but it was too obvious for me and a bit too annoying.