The story is engaging and the wording is exquisite at times, but it was a chore and ultimately, an annoyance, to read this book. I did not "like" many of the characters, especially the main ones. It was pounding you over the head with its excessive use of spiratulism/sacrifice,"mother" worship, etc.
Athena, abandoned as a child, seeks her birth mother: a Romanian gypsy. In the vein of The Alchemist, this is another of is pseudo-religious psychological novels. He will bring you deeply into the realm of the "Great Mother", of the parochialism of racial and spiritual bias, and of the fanaticism of radical minorities.
I did not enjoy reading this as I found it to be a bit silly. Loaded with loosely connected New Age jargon, dripping with a very vague sort of semi-philosophy about something or other -- Hey, somebody must have liked it, but I do not plan to read this author again.