"A luminescent and very readable portrait of a dark time in history."
"If you liked The Birth of Venus...you’ll love The Illuminator"
"A remarkable debut novel."
——The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"An absorbing expertly told tale...embroidered with plenty of homespun detail."
——Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A sweeping portrayal of the distant past...ample in romance, mystery, and adventure."
——The Boston Globe