This is a delicious book–it has it all: intrigue, deception, treachery, violence, wars, and oh yes, a little sex. It takes place in England in the 1600’s, but covers several generations of characters. It’s totally unlike Ken’s usual spy novels, but don’t worry, this is not a failed experiment that he took in trying to cover a different genre. He excels at it, and I got my wish after I finished it–he wrote a sequel. Worlds Without End is just as good, so I recommend both of them.