"Some tales are more curious or erudite than gripping, but not one is less than readable. Kudos to a book to which lovers of historical fiction, fantastic and not, should be directed."
"One of the best new anthologies to appear so far this century."
"Plentiful barbaric splendor, the excitement of conceptual breakthrough, and the death of civilizations on a copious scale-ideal material for ambitious science fantasy, whether colorful or somber . . . . a strong collection . . . . "
"Readers will find some of these stories... amount to beautiful and durable artifacts."
"All the stories are well above average, and there are several standouts.... Ancient history buffs and alternate history fans will love this collection, which offers a unique opportunity to view the past as it might have been."
--Romantic Times, 4 stars