OK, I just couldn't finish this book. 600 pages in and I just quit caring about another wave of new characters. It's laborious to read just because of the extra verbiage. I made it through 100 pages of no characters, just volcanic begetting, another few hundred pages of doomed people fighting open ocean, plagues, unruly sea captains, and what seemed to be the longest narrative of people rounding the Horn ever written. Sorry, I tried but I just didn't have the stamina.