'Corset busting escapism' says the Sunday Times, but in many ways I think this does this novel a disservice. It is very well written and compelling. I read it long into the night as I really wanted to find out what happened to our heroine Sancha. Once again I would say that this is an excellent book to take on holiday or to occupy a long train jouney as it will have you captivated. The historical detail is wonderful, and I felt I learnt alot about the history of Rome in this time. Sometimes I was so immersed in the 1400s that when I looked up I was disorientated for a few moments as I came to reality. This to me is the sign of a true reading for pleasure experience.