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Perhaps if you like Perry AND "Pillars of the Earth" and/or "Sacred Hearts" type listens, you'll enjoy this.
As in her Victorian series, Perry is good on verisimilitude- detail of clothes and food and buildings- but I'm not sure she gets the history of the mentalities any better (but either does Follet). I think Perry's prose is better than usual and she attempts to be more literary in "Sheen" - but still I found it very tedious - too many improbable conversations and even more improbable overheard conversations. At least Perry doesn't assault the ears with graphic violence and sex like a "Pillars."
The narrator was competent but wouldn't be my choice for this novel-too young and breathy.
One of us - either Perry or me -- should stick with the 19th century.
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Most of the Anne Perry books I have come across have been her Victorian crime mysteries and so this is a real departure.
Byzantium has been sacked by one lot of Crusaders and the book takes place when there is the strong probability that another Crusade to the Holy Land will stop off for a bit more rape and pillage - the Orthodox Church is seen by those of the Western Church as blasphemous so anything is permissable.
The story is set around a young woman's attempts to have her brother released after he was involved in a plot to kill the Emperor. It is very long and fairly tortuous, but if you are interested already in the period, then very interesting.
The reader is a bit disconcerting as I had not expected an American accent, and some pronunciation jarred.
I enjoyed the character of Anna and hoped she would win out and many of the other characters are very well drawn
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I liked the idea of the plot but the names were all very complicated and i couldn't always decide who was being spoken about so i gave up after 3 hours!!