- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (1 Jun. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 178648014X
- ISBN-13: 978-1786480149
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 4.2 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But you will be asking why? If the events of the book were listed you might conclude that it could not be boring at all. the events described are not in themselves boring. I concluded that there are two deep rooted faults that stalled me half way through the second book of the first trilogy too.
1. Male characters are either goody two shoes, cardboard cut-outs or unconvincing sociopaths. This is rarer than you may think, Authors tend to understand their own sex better than the opposite one. In this case it is the female characters who have an ounce of interest. (Maybe Heneage is really a woman?!)
2. People are always TALKING ABOUT exiting things, not doing them. Everybody either yaks on to others about the past, or thinks about it - for our benefit as readers. There is no sense whatsoever of being swept up in the action. The back story is therefore always clogging things up.
I will add that minor characters are entirely robotic. I suggest you avoid unless you have a high boredom threshold.
Constantinople is a well known capital in past history and the 2nd half of the book is based on its history which is fairly well known and our main players are involved in this,
Also Venice in the first half of the book is the other important city and also about the banks that were there and the wealth they produced or lost. The characters in the tale which you get to know well are very life like and because of that are easy to follow in their chosen path. Full of intrigue, deception, hatred, brutality and love this is a fantastic mixture to spin a story around. The author is obviously well acquainted with the past history of the aforementioned places. Also a time when exploration was really in its infancy with most of the world to the west not known about. Opening new routes very important to the success of any enterprise. The different people in the story are brought to life exceptionally well, There is a love thread thru the tale and although there, does not get in the way of what happens but is essential to the outcome and a good part of the story. We have two religions plus competing against each other which is always, or can be very bitter and brutal. Life at that time meant very little and people did not live as long. There are just a few main characters and this helps greatly. Lots of others but the part they play is less dramatic. Apart from a cracking story you will learn a fair amount about life then and what was important or not.
For me it was a book that I couldn't put down. I had to finish it quickly.
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