As a born and practicing Christian I have long felt that the Biblical images of Jesus and his followers was unrealistic. We are told "Jesus wept"; we are never told that Jesus laughed. The essence of Christ is the human/divine conjunction; yet we are not given that perspective from the establishment religions.
The author provided me an exercise in that realm for which I am deeply thankful. At times I felt the narrator was annoying - which is why I held back one star. That should not preclude anyone from enjoying this tale - I tend to be rather - - - with a couple of favored readers. This was my first journey with this one.
In my opinion this work stands alone - even though it is the first in a series that ended with the passing of Andre Norton with the third book. At the moment I am inclined to not read any of the remaining two books. This was a good work - reading the synopsis of 2 and 3, I think I will pass!
I purchased this title thinking that it would be a definitive work of historical Islam. I often found myself thinking that there was a high degree of justification for the early excesses of Islam's pioneers.
In the end I found myself wanting more current historical perspective. What was there felt highly biased.
The narrator (author) tended toward monotone delivery. There was occasional bursts of animated delivery, far too infrequent for my ear.
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