Mr. Green has obviously spent a lot of time on researching the historical details of this work and has done a pretty good job of it, too. Yes, this is a historical novel and a very good one. We do not get bogged down in tedious detail; the plot moves on at a very good pace.
The characters fit the period and the vocabulary is generally suited to the time. Watch out for those characters and especially some of their names. If you know your English politics and the geography of a certain part of the country, you will find a little smile appearing on your face from time to time. I will say no more on that point, less I spoil your fun!
The plot is well crafted, one can feel kinship with the hero and all of the principals are well drawn. Is there a cunning twist at the end? Ah, that would be telling! You will have to read it to find out. It will be well worth your time.
What am I going to do now? Read the next book in the series, of course!
Anyone familiar with my reviews will know that I don't waste my time writing about books that aren't worthwhile.
Thank you Mr. Green, you have entertained us well. You give credit to your editor and he deserves it for a job well done. This is a very readable book.