I was not really a fan of this story.
It was too long and drawn out for me. The story felt unnecessarily stretched and may have worked better if it were more concise.
Also the narration felt disjointed. While the narrator remains third-person omniscient throughout the story, the focus of the narration switches characters to focus on a certain person's thoughts and feelings. This also felt unnecessary and didn't really add to the work.
For me, the ending was pretty predictable.
There is a fair amount of gore in the story, but not as much as Richey's stories about Pinocchio and Cinderella (from what I recall; it's been a while since I read them).
Overall, the story was long and dull in my opinion.