A strong contender for my "Worst-book-of-the-year"-award. There has been one particular thing that I loved about this book, the rest of it just didn´t work for me.
I should have read the author´s note before reading the actual novel.
Above all things is a work of fiction, and in writing a novel based on historical figures, you have to make your own rules: you have to decide how faithful to be to the known record and make tough choices about what to keep in and what to leave behind, and what to alter, trim, or expand for dramatic purposes. As such, characters have been conflated, geographies shifted, and timelines altered and compressed for clarity or dramatic effect.
I shouldn´t have picked this novel up in the first place.