Carmen has done an excellent job of presenting her story. This is a pretty good look into the restrictive society in Sauida Arabia. However, having lived in Saudi Arabia myself for 6 years, I can say that many Saudi women LOVE their lives. I think it is extremely dangerous for Americans to view any lifestyle unlike their own as somehow bad or less valuable. As an American woman in Saudi Arabia, I was startled to find that American women are pittied by many well educated, worldly, well traveled Saudi women. Pittied, you say? They think it sad that American women are forced to work outside the home, do their own housework and laundry, taxi the kids back and forth to school and extracurriculars, and don't have chauffers. Carmen had many of her freedoms curtailed in that rigidly Islamic society, but as one very wise Saudi pointed out to me: "American women cannot walk safely alone at night in any American city. They are kidnapped, raped and murdered. You pay a very high price for your 'freedom'." Food for thought?
I listened to this book well over a year ago, and in going through my library, noticed that I hadn't written a review. Not that I write one for every book....BUT even with a year having past - the whole story jumped right into my head. No need to think about the plot. This book leaves an impression that lasts! It is really one of the best!
This author is inspired. After Kite Runner and ATSS I would buy anything he writes!! Very, very good.
If you are a fan of long, complicated Fantasy - this one is for you! On a par with Robert Jordan and George R. R. Martin this story is engaging and complex. Leaves you anxious for the next one!
For the reviewers who think that the word being said is equivalent to the English word for "he who inherits" - you are mistaken. The German word (this story is taking place in Germany) being used DOES pronounce the "H" and literally means "mister", is often used as an honorific and IS pronounced a bit like the word Hair.
I should have paid more heed to the other reviewers! This book is in serious need of major editing. The characters do indeed stand around wringing their hands - a very frustrating part of most scenes in this book. On the positive side: as other reviewers have stated: the narrator is excellent, and perhaps saves the book. The story is inspired - relive history via "remote viewing"! And the insight (even if only imaginary) into ancient British civilization is tantalizing. I hope that one day a more mature author will give us a more focused treatment of this plot line. Worth reading this one if you can overlook it's flaws.
Very interesting plot involves some ancient sites and societies, plus a bit of romance. As a student of the time period, the Templars and the Crusades - this one seems fairly accurate and adds a bit of invention to keep the plot moving along nicely. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about this time and place.
I rarely give 5 star ratings, but this one was just too good! Interesting plot, great characters, mystery, drama, romance - almost too good to be true! Great read, Great read!
Not being a big Sherlock Holmes fan, I can't remember why I downloaded this book. Even so, I was entertained by the story - and the obvious unusual circumstances of a young woman growing up in the Victorian era, while being mentored by someone like Sherlock Holmes. Nicely read, engaging characters, interesting mystery. A happy read!
Having been to China during the time period covered in this book, and more recently - this book seemed very "on point" to me. I enjoyed the pure wonder that the main character - a newcomer to the "west" - experienced in America and would highly recommend this to anyone wishing to take a look behind the "bamboo curtain". Very, very interesting and insightful read.
I loved this book. The characters were fascinating and even if the names are unfamiliar to the American ear, take a little time to get used to them and you won't be disappointed. This book is magic!
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