The Whip surprised me. Beyond fine prose, you have the opportunity to delve into hearts and minds you would never expect to think of. Combining historical fact with an imagined back story, Kondazian has created the ultimate hero. Charlotte Parkhurst turns her tragedies into a full life, typically not lived by the women of he 1800's by passing as a man. "Charley," a kind, intelligent soul loses all, has a long-awaited unsatisfying revenge, passion with the one man she reveals herself to, startling turns of fate, and a death that is fitting and poignant. You will enjoy the characters, even the ones you will hate, and you will enjoy the ride.