I enjoyed reading this book, and found it captivating and very hard to put down. The author managed to convincingly bring both the times and the legend alive for me by adding details and interesting dimensions to the old legend. I found it interesting to read of Arturo as a minor 'warlord' who fought his way to power, and yet managed to retain his sense of love for humanity. A compassionate warrior, wise and forgiving. I also enjoyed reading of his parents' journeys and lives. That section of the book lays important framework for Arturo's life and adventures, as well as being extremely interesting on its own merits. When I was finished with the book, I felt as if I'd just read a bit of very interesting history..as if this person really could have lived and fought and added something to the history of his country. I really enjoyed it.