1.) On average, how many hours does it take to read? I know there are about 700 pages in the hardback edition, which gives me an idea, but I've heard that it's pretty dense writing that makes for slow reading.
2.) Are there any moments halfway to three-quarters into the book where there's a plot twist/game-changer/something big that happens that really pulls you into reading more? I've read the Wikipedia summary, but it's super complex and I can't get a good sense of how the book actually unfolds.
Basically, I need a character to talk about the book for a bit, but I haven't actually read the series. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much!