4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining and Diverting, April 23 2003
I really enjoyed this book and its sequel. They are both "simply" adventure stories and are not on a par with other timeless literature or history/political analysis, but they took me to a place and time about which I know only a little and that I would otherwise never be able to see. The characters are interesting if not so developed as, say, Holden Caulfield or any of Mary Renault's.
That being said, I was sad when the adventure was over and the events, settings, and characters stayed with me for months. I hope there will be a third book. I haven't had this much fun for quite a while.