A colleague put me on to this book, saying it sounded interesting. So, my curiosity aroused, I got hold of a copy. I was drawn in from the first chapter and I finished it in record time - an indication of how compelling it is. E O's language is beautifully chosen to be evocative of the period and settings and his characterisation engaging. Topped off with a compelling plot, what's not to like? It's left me wondering, when can we expect a sequel?