What a tour de force! I loved every minute of reading this - it was completely engaging. I haven't read historical fiction for a while - at least historical fiction about Medieval England. I think the last ones I read were Philippa Gregory's Tudor novels, which I also loved. When I was in high school, I devoured Marion Zimmer Bradley's 'Avalon' books, so reading fiction like this is similar to curling up with an old friend. The ending, I will admit, was very unexpected! But it seemed fitting. I highly recommend this book.