The Chase also features the best villain of any novel I’ve read in a couple years at least. As with other characters, we don’t learn the extent of his villainy all at once, but get glimpses of it here and there, until by the end the whole breathtaking extent of it is revealed. This villain is totally convincing. I just adored him. To sum up: this is a big, juicy, complex novel. If many historicals can be compared to candy bars – yummy, enjoyable, but not exactly sustaining – this one is a turkey dinner. Just as, in war, the demands of war must sometimes take precedence over the love lives of people, so in this book the love story takes a bit of a back seat to the events of history. Nevertheless, it’s more than worth reading, and I recommend it.
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