I will start by saying that I really enjoyed this novel. Set in the Hellenistic Greek world the plot revolves around the relationship between the helmsman Isokrates and the musician Dionysia. He sails a Rhodian warship on the hunt for pirates while she is the former mistress of the Syrian king, Antiochos. When he rescues her from pirates at the beginning of the novel, she is able to provide information which ultimately leads to war between the three kings of Egypt, Syria and Macedonia.
The plot of the novel works on three levels: centre stage is the relationship of Isokrates and Dionysia and the war with pirates; then the relations of the island republic of Rhodes with the powerful monarchies of the eastern Mediterranean; at a distance the machinations of the three kingdoms and their internecine war.
Intricate and thrilling plotting, sympathetic and realistic characterisation and a plausible and accurate historical setting make this a most satisfying adventure story. This, it seems to me, is not least because it is written as a novel to be read, and without one eye on the big screen, even though it would make an excellent film.
My only gripe about The Sun's Bride is that copies of the book are hard to locate, but I stress that the search is well worth the effort.