The transitions between time periods and characters are seamless. The scene descriptions and background inclusions are beautiful and always a positive. The characters are deep and reach out from the pages to grab your heart. The sheer amount of research that had to happen for this novel blows my mind. I followed the characters on their journey and found it all to easy to see their surroundings, to feel their emotions, and to worry for their fates. This novel has all of the components of an epic success - strong characters, engrossing plot, and gripping themes. I look forward to future works from Ms. Fink!