Historical fiction completely based on actual events, alternating between early 1800's and ancient Greece. Uneven. I'm sure the research was impeccable, the author never seemed to stop cramming the facts in, regardless of the pacing of the story. Sometimes the writing was lovely and the main storyline is compelling. As difficult as the first 3/4 of the book was to get through I couldn't put it down at the end (though I skimmed the Greek parts as they slowed the narrative down). Would like to be able to give this more than three stars, just can't.