Playing Many Parts

Review of The Historian

 I finally finished The Historian, and I think this is the first book that I have read for pleasure that took me so long to finish.  

I liked this book overall, and I certainly liked the idea of the book, but I think the thing is that the action never really took off and made this book one I couldn’t put down.  There were many details about monks and monistaries and not enough character development I think.  This book read more like a history book than most historical fiction novels I have read.  Unfortunately, I loved Dan Brown’s Davinci Code.  That historical novel had detail, but it had enough non-stop action to keep the reader involved and interested.  His characters we more believable I suppose. 

Even the love stories in this book, and I believe there are two, were weak and not well devoleped.  There is little passion in this book at all, except perhaps the auther has for the old monistaries.  I just kept feeling like something was missing.  I was able to finish the book, but I won’t really be adding it to any of my Christmas lists this year.

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