... may read like a thriller, but it is based on meticulous research and new sources. It’s a fascinating account of Masson’s all-consuming search for the legendary lost city of Alexandria Beneath the Mountain, which symbolized the point where East met West. Richardson goes beyond Masson’s account of navigating Afghanistan and, in 1833, finding the lost Alexandria; the book also considers Afghanistan’s political situation in the 1820s and 1830s, the truth of Masson’s accounts, and the country’s challenging terrain ... A romp through a dramatic landscape and events that will be exciting for anyone interested in history and, in particular, classical archaeology.
A fascinating account ... Impeccably researched but reading more like a thriller than a history text ... Mesmerizing and informative, The King's Shadow is narrative history at its best. Fans of Tom Reiss or Nathaniel Philbrick are sure to enjoy Richardson's writing ... Gripping.