2018 Historical Fiction Book of the Year
-Maryland Writers Association
From Roman Spain to the Han empire of China, the story ranges over the whole known world of 2000 years ago (and even a bit beyond!), with authentichistorical background and best of all plenty of imagination. It's a real page-turner, packed withexciting action, ingenious twists and turns,and varied and interestingcharacters whose fate you will really careabout--a perfect book for the twenty-hour flight from London to Sydney,as I can personally attest.
- Dr Nicholas Sims-Williams, PhD, Professor Emeritus, School of Oriental And Asiatic Studies, University of London