An exceptional book and the first I have read by this well-established author. I was invested in these characters from almost the first page. Exquisitely written and if I could have read this book in one sitting, I would have. The capacity for love flows powerfully throughout this book, despite its horrific setting in time. Mysticism and religion only add to the depth of the story. One of the best books I have read in years and it will stay with me.