This book wasn't for me. From the opening pages, I found the author's use of language to be self-indulgent in an almost congratulating way. I'm far too old now to really enjoy the use of language towards it's own ends. In poetry, it's called "music". I require a meaning in addition. The concept of the work is fine. I'm not a huge fan of historic fiction, I'll admit, but I came in willing to enjoy it. I ended up skipping around a little and found deeper in the usage was better, a little more even, but I just found it too forced to enjoy it. Couldn't finish it.