The book is a combination of two stories – one modern day and one historical fiction. I felt like each of the stories deserved more time than the book allowed. Each would have made its own interesting story. Because of that, I felt like I finished the book with more questions than answers. Each storyline raised interesting issues about each character, but didn’t provide much insight into them. There was not enough separation between the two stories – switching between stories with nothing more than a line break was frustrating. While the author tried to remain true to history by including a word for word translation of certain court documents, those translations didn’t flow very well and were difficult to follow. The book is available through COSMOS. I wouldn’t encourage someone to read it, but I also wouldn’t argue that they shouldn’t read it.
Availability: COSMOS, USMAI
Review Submitted by: Karen Farr
Rating: Recommended with reservations