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After an interesting but slow, star,t, I could not turn off and put my kindle down. Great historical novel. Great description of life in Smyrna and how war dramatically changed everything. Not an unfamiliar subject to me but I was beautifully told. A sad story full of hope and wonderful characters.. Can't wait to start the wind book,
I’m enjoying the novel, and will almost certainly buy the other two to see what happens. After devouring All The Light We Cannot See I am suddenly very interested in the French Resistance. That book is perfect, by the way. The story is compelling, with great characters and obviously well-researched content. But it seems like the author let a friend edit it and neither of them wanted to contradict the other. Stuff like misusing merchandize (even autocorrect knew that was wrong) in the same paragraph as it featured the properly used merchandise, leaving in weird word choices, awkward punctuation typos, etc. I often wonder nowadays if authors can go back and correct stuff like this at least in digital copies…
This story has it all. This was the most exciting read I've had in a long time! (and I read about a book a week) But in the case of this trilogy, I could not put it down, and read all three in about 5 days. I was entertained, enlightened and totally consumed. She did a fantastic job of presenting well researched history into a completely possible (probable) story line. Now I want more! But for the moment, I need to attend to everything I've abandoned in the last 5 days! (I do have a day job and a house to clean). Wow! that was really a great story!
Admittedly, I was concerned about the back and forth from current day life in the U.S. to the early 1900's of Smyrna and wasn't sure if it would be easy to comprehend. Au contraire! This book and the following were very captivating!
This was the first time I read anything by this author. It seemed slow at first, but picked up and became much more intriguing as the story leapt back in time to the back story in turn-of-the-century Smyrna! I don't always like when books don't end, instead seaguing into another book, but I've already ordered part two. Can't wait to continue finding out Cassie's story!
This author has a talent for writing but evidently a talent for research as well. The story takes place over generations from the Ottoman Empire of the early 1900s to modern day France. Very well done!
I reviewed the other two books and am as glad to finish this review as I was the final book in this "trilogy". I don't consider this a good example of a trilogy, these books are one story that ends abruptly and continues in a next book and we got charged for three books that could have all been between two covers as one book! So...book three. Same as the other two, didn't like the characters except for Albano, Xandra and Moshi. Cassie gets no better in this book, still whining about how everyone treats her, nothing is her fault blah blah blah. These books are full of historical happenings so a lot of that I skimmed over. Overall these books were just a big miss for me.