"Her best book yet...an intricately shaded tale from the black-and-white world of medieval religion."--Romantic Times Book Club
"With a keen eye for detail and the nuances of medieval Europe, Douglass begins a new multivolume fantasy set on alternate, 14th-century Earth. Filled with the intricate weave of religious and political history that made up an era when church and state were not yet divided, this powerfully written tale belongs in every fantasy collection and has strong appeal for fans of historical fiction."--Library Journal
"This is an extraordinary novel... meticulously researched for an authentic 14th century atmosphere, not just in terms of aesthetic details, but in terms of the character's beliefs and philosophies of life."--SFX Magazine
"Douglass has again brilliantly blended detailed research with religion and magic to reinterpret actual historical events.... This captivating historical fantasy ranks with the best in the subgenre."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Captivatingly written, this first installment of a planned trilogy should win fans of fantasy and historical fiction alike."