The premise of this book was intriguing with the time period used in the book one that is underrepresented in fiction. Unfortunately, the entire time I was reading I felt like this was book 4 or 5 in a series and I was coming into the story too late to catch up.
I found the character of Duncan to be annoyingly insipid and Lisbeth to be too earnest. The number of characters within the story and the lack of any clear, identifiable back story with some of them led me to being confused for a lot of the story. While I appreciate a writer who doesn’t slow down the story with too much backstory or history, some is essential when you have so many characters littering the scene.
The pace is fast but because of the fastness of the pace, there is little time taken to develop the characters and allow this reader to form an attachment. I would have liked to love this book, but I just couldn’t catch up.