Well presented on the Kindle in terms of layout and proofing.
I was attracted to the cover – it made me think of Ackroyd,
I generally do not like “historical” novels, they always seem so full of an acronyms, uncomfortable speech cadence and clearly ill judged sentiment. Mr Rees does not totally miss all of the pot-holes but does a darn good job avoiding 99% of them it feels.
That and the opening chapter, well the opening page actually, gives a nice slant of how the tale is going to be told.
There was (for me) a slight lull in events about half way through, almost as if there was a huge intake of breath ready for the final furlong. I may go re-read and see if it was me or the book.