To read an epic is to take a journey. The readers satisfaction at the end of the trip depends on how well the author has navigated us through the tale. Mr. Montaigne has crafted the world of Melody and the Pier to Forever into a most compelling read. It is mathematical, philosphical and spiritual. It is the human drama, individually and collectively, in fantasy form. Yes, it is the story of two worlds, of good and evil; but at the core it is the story of an unusual friendship which becomes the key to everything else. I am captivated by stories within stories that intertwine to emerge as one great story and Melody more than delighted me in that regard. The book begins with Melody, and the fabulous cliff hanger in the final chapter, ends with Melody, but the itinerary in between will make it hard to put down!