Picked up the first book in this series and flew through it while on holidays and decided to continue with the series on coming home. I have read a few of Cornwell's books and this does not disappoint. Great attention to historical detailing and in particular Cornwell has a great forte for describing the big set-piece battles that take hold the book together; outside of these strengths in the book the prose is quite basic and characterisations sometimes feel a bit wooden. I initially gave this a four out of five as I really enjoyed the book but then thought that was a bit unfair on some of the truly greater works of literature out there that deserve a four or five out of five. Looking forward nevertheless to going on to read the third in the series.