I know, I know, I probably shouldn't have started this right after reading another historical novel! This book was a rather positive experience, although I have to mention that a lot of the plot is revealed in the synopsis of the book, which is a shame. The title also didn't make sense until page 387 (out of 400!), that's a little wrong, I think.
The writing of this book felt a little forced to me, and it needed some concentration! It fitted the story, but personally I'd have preferred if it had been a little easier. So many names, so many places! *catches breath*
The characters works really well, and they were all rather complex. They felt reliable.
All in all, this was just a little too historical of a historical novel. I know it doesn't make sense ;)