Still reading, and it keeps attention, thats for sure :)
There is a lot going on in this book, primarily religion and the death penalty. I found some of the religion “debates” interesting. The “magic” portions reminded me a bit of “The Green Mile”; one of the prisoners at one point nicknamed Shay “Green Mile”, which I did think was kind of a fun way to address that. At the same time, these events made the book less realistic for me. I still quite enjoyed it, though.