I had heard so many good things about this book that I was excited to give this book a try; I really really wanted to like it. Alas, I did not enjoy the book at all.
To put it simply, I could not come to terms with the constant change of writing styles. In one moment the book was written wonderfully with excellent word choice, and rhythmic sentences but just as soon as I would get comfortable, the writing would become weak and hardly readable. In all, the book felt quite unedited and unclean.
I felt no sympathy for any of the characters and I felt as though I was constantly being torn between an imagined version of ancient Greece and renaissance France; this geographical indistinction did not sit well with my imagination.
Perhaps if this book was cleaned up with some good editing and viewed as a whole book instead of separate sections I might develop a different opinion.
This is probably the shortest book review I will ever write. I do not like to dwell on the negative.
“Uncaptivating” and “indistinction” are two words I have proudly taken from the abyss of words-that-don’t-actually-exist for this review.