"Stunning. . . . A high-spirited historical romance. . . . Remarkable."
——The New York Times Book Review
"An exuberant mixture of history and romance, written with a wit that is incandescent"
——Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Brims with all the grand topics of literature--love and death, heroism and skull-duggery, humor and pathos, not to mention art and religion. . . . A good old-fashioned novel."
——Washington Post Book World