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This review is from: Doomsday Book (Paperback)
This is one of my all time favourite books.
The author's evocation of fourteenth century England is brilliant. She has not shied away from the dirt and the stink that undoubtedly existed. This is no lords and ladies rose petal fantasy; she focusses on rats, dirt, lack of washing and the gory details of the Black Death itself. Yet despite this, the book has a lyrical beauty, with solid belivable characters.The story too, is engrossing - will the heroine get back to the present day? will they all die of the Plague? You keep reading becuase you want to know, and because you end up caring about the people.
Even if you don't care for Sci-Fi/Fantasy, you will enjoy this. The emphasis is more on the historical aspects, and you can read it as a historical novel if you like. The book manages to be both romantic and unsentimental and at the same time, ultimately very moving.