"The magnificent combination of history and humanity that Penman's readers have come to expect again animates her latest work ... Perhaps the most impressive feature of the narrative is Penman's skill in showing how essentially good people can end up doing great evil."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Penman inventively animates a large cast."
"Penman ... showcases her mastery of the historical novel in this long and thoroughly engrossing study of pragmatic politics, idealism, and the role of women during the 12th century. She brings to life a vast array of unforgettable characters."