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Stewart's chosen setting - the thirteenth-century Albigensian Crusade - is a tragic episode of political greed, religious intolerance, and brutal warfare. Stewart deftly moves the novel's characters within this historical landscape and demonstrates a deep knowledge of the period that is consistently applied in service of the plot. The interaction between fictional characters and actual historical figures is skillfully managed, which is one of the joys of historical fiction if done well. The pace of the writing is brisk and absorbing, the various story arcs intriguing, and each of the characters memorable and oh so human - for good or ill.
Above all, Trebuchets in the Garden represents a great adventure story, expertly told.
The only fault I could find with this book is that it felt that it wrapped up too fast (and that might be due to the fact that I never wanted it to end). Also I didn't always fully grasp what was going on because both the politics and the family dynamics were complicated, but I'm willing to blame that on how fast I was reading. I wanted to read more slowly to fully savor all of the sensory detail and hang out with the engaging characters but the story had an inexorable momentum that kept me moving forward.