This is an enjoyable book, essentially a commercial-fiction love story in an exotic setting. If read from that point of view it's lots of fun, with enough intrigue, romance, and suspense to keep one turning the pages. John Shors knows how to pace a book and his writing is fine, with lots of lovely descriptions. However, don't expect much historical accuracy here. Read it as a sort of epic fantasy, based VERY loosely on historical facts.