In a lot of ways, Frieswic’s novel can be broken down into two distinguishable parts. The first half, which sets up the story and introduces the characters and conflict, is engaging and mysterious enough to such readers in ... Frieswic shows off a number of incredibly well-researched plot threads ... the pacing is a bit slow here and there, and there will be those who don’t approve of the story’s direction. Without spoiling anything, there are major twists and turns that, while they do provide shock value, won’t make some readers happy ... an entertaining thriller.
Frieswick writes a good story—a real page-turner. She perhaps spends a bit too much time on character background ... Regardless, it’s a quick read with lots of plot twists and an exciting finish ... Frieswick leaves several loose ends ... It should be said however, that several of the loose ends leave the door open for another Carys Jones story in the making. One can only hope.
... reminiscent of Indiana Jones, but also can be described as Steve Berry meets Dan Brown, and is a great trip back in time to the ancient legend of King Arthur ... follows all the guidelines that make historical fiction and the hunt for ancient artifacts so interesting and hugely entertaining for the reader ... If the cliffhanger ending is any indication of additional stories, I think we may very well be enjoying further quality time with the 'female Indiana Jones' in the near future.
...meticulously researched ... The settings...are filled with well-placed details, while the character development, particularly of Carys, a damaged woman who prefers manuscripts to people, keeps the story moving, though a major coincidence late in the book that brings Carys back to Massachusetts strains plausibility. Still, fans of paranormal thrillers will be satisfied.