The author's passion for historical detail is well presented in this journey through a web of intrigue. The story line is freckled generously with such factual information that by the conclusion you are left with the feeling that the phenomenon mentioned could very well be real. Some profound thoughts are brought forward in the book also, which give the reader food for thought after the book is closed. That is one of my favourite details within a book. It was a fun read but also an experience in learning. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Although I didn't find sympathy with any one character, the story line more than made up for any lack of character development. The few typos throughout the book became a source of very mild irritation, but that's just my personal pet peeve, and again, they didn't distract from the story.
I will definitely be reading this book again for the pleasure, to make sure I didn't miss out on any of the well-laid detail and to re-explore that question of "would you if you could".
Can't wait for the author's next book!