To be honest, this sort of thing really isn't my cup of tea. I'm more swords and sandals, Roman legions, Greek phalanxes...you know...dudes with skirtTo be honest, this sort of thing really isn't my cup of tea. I'm more swords and sandals, Roman legions, Greek phalanxes...you know...dudes with skirts. But mindful of a good review from the author of this work, I thought that I'd take the plunge and see what all this was all about.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, at its heart this is a romance novel, but there's a lot more to it than that. It goes without saying that the two principals, Annabell and Henry are fully realised but the supporting cast are also very well depicted each having their own motivations and raison d'etre - a welcome trait in any kind of fiction where so often the support are just there to provide literary crutches for the protagonists.
In addition, the descriptive work is great: there's enough scene setting to give you a genuine feel for the places our characters inhabit without it becoming laboured or intrusive and, almost on a subconscious level, the Allan's Krakow becomes as familiar to the reader as a stroll down to the local shops. You know where you are and where you are going without having to be lead by the hand.
As I say, I'm no fan of this period or genre, but Allan's writing pulled me in and made me stay along for the ride. Its engaging, witty, funny, tragic and...well, everyone loves a second-chance story and I'm no different.
At the end of the day, the vivid style and prose transcends the genre - its simply a damn good read and I'd recommend to fans and the curious alike....more