King weaves into this fast-paced and spellbinding plot the history and historical figures of the day, along with descriptions of everyday items like Bakelite, medical procedures, and esoteric religious beliefs true to the age. What a mind! I haven't enjoyed all books in this series equally; this one is among my favorites for the plot, the characters and the narration. I especially enjoyed the new character, Robert Goodman, and his poignant back story.
King's other novel, "A Monstrous Regiment of Women" also deals with the power of a charismatic religious figure.
Excellent characterizations, yet she gets out of the way and lets the plot move. Nothing show-offish, which I appreciate.
Oh yes. Most definitely.
Flavia is a bit of a sociopath--trying out potentially lethal chemistry experiments in her sisters--and precocious beyond imagination, but the story is terrific. I will read the entire series with anticipation.
Important period of history breathed into life through the lens of Theodora's life.
The author illustrated the mindsets of the day, the religious and social questions that vexed most everyone and how people in intolerable social situations made their lives.
Funny how many of the religious and social issues explored in the book remain unresolved some 2000 years later.
I was initially concerned that perhaps the sexual aspects of Theodora's life would be exploited, and was relieved by the lack of graphic detail. Nothing salacious.Super book. Read it!
The entire book poignantly showed how few options women have for autonomy in a patriarchy. Theodora's requisite service as a sex worker was treated even-handedly; I'll always remember the scene where she matter of factly paid her way from the hinterlands to Egypt by servicing two young shepherds who let her ride in their cart.I related to the description of how she disassociated her spirit and body throughout, and how she brought the two together through her time in the desert as penitent.
Davina was one of my attractions to this book; she is a masterful narrator.
Sophia the actress/whore/pimp. She was a dwarf and a woman who found a way to make her life in spite of her social and physical constraints. I'd want to understand what went through her mind and how she coped.
Fun, light historical fiction. Engaging plot that perks along thanks to BOTH the author and the performer. Although you don't HAVE to read the series, you'd have more fun if you took them in order.
Par for the course, which is a good thing. The Royal Spyness series is in the cozy mystery genre while the historical figures and events make them slightly educational, too.
Narration is terrific -- I appreciate someone who can carry off distinct voices for a large cast of international characters. I've listened to her read this series and will look for other books she's read.
No, this is light reading.
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