Every so often a book comes along that defies all expectations I may have and delivers a really rather good read that I wasn't quite expecting. This was one of those books and I am so glad that I took a gamble on it given that it is way outside my usual reading comfort zone.
It's a completely new and very novel story to me but then I am not over familiar with the genre so I guess it would be.
Characterisation was also interesting for me as there was a vast cast of extras, some real historic characters, who only had small, albeit crucial, parts to play. The main players were all well defined and, within their roles, cast to perfection.
Some of the side stories and dips into the past were absolutely fascinating and added much interest and intrigue to the rest of the narrative as it played out in the present. It definitely gave a different spin on some of the more well known incidents as it delved through the historic annuls!
All in all, a very different book for me but one that I thoroughly enjoyed.