Though the entire series is great.... I have to say that Golden palaces is definitely my absolute favorite. I think I have read it more than 3 times! It's exciting and the chemistry between Tancred and Helena is neat to see. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK! The Byzantine era is rarely wrote about if ever, by christian authors. But... it's an extremely facinating time in history and Linda Chaikin portrays it beautifully. The crusades, early Christianity, and Byzantine intrigue are all components of this great book. and don't forget unforgettable characters! Obviously Tancred is a hunk. I can only hope there's some like him still around. probably not, but I can dream right? You'll definitely enjoy this book, series, and author. GREAT book!