PositiveHistorical Novel SocietyTrue to form, Penman again demonstrates her impeccable attention to historical detail and the depth and breadth of her research in this novel ... The breadth of the landscape and sheer number of characters make it a virtual impossibility for Penman to keep us intensely involved in the action at every turn. However, as much as I found the action lagging after the deaths of Baldwin and his tutor, William of Tyre, only to pick up again during the final 100 pages because of Balian’s courage, the fact is that Penman has created a saga of epic proportions. She has given us insight into the inner workings of the minds of the great men and women of the time. There is a lot here to savor, and this book can’t be rushed through.
RaveHistorical Novel Society\"Honestly, if Raybourn published a new Speedwell book every week, I would find time in my crazy schedule to read it ... The characters are all—well—characters! Well plotted, fast-paced and utterly engaging. If you have time to read just one of this series, do it! Most highly recommended.\