This is an excellent novelization. Reading this book really allows the reader to be immersed in the entire world of the Dark Crystal. I loved experiencing the events of the movie in this excellent adaptation. Smith adds many dimensions to presenting the world of the Dark Crystal. While providing wonderful visual descriptions, there is also a strong attention to the sounds of the world. Sounds, from the Mystics nine chord chant, to the tones of the Crystal, Jen's pipe, Kira's song, and the sounds of the environment, fill the pages as their interrelationships are subtly described. I really can't say enough about this book. It is a must for anyone that not only wants to relive the events of the movie, but see it all with so much more development. Much insight into the individual Skeksis, Mystics, and the nature of the Crystal and the urRu is presented within these pages. My only problem with it is that I want to know what happens after the Crystal is healed! But, this book ends in the same fashion as the movie with much left to the imagination.