While billed as fantasy, this is a miscategorization, it’s really a historical novel. The book has an element of fantasy, but it’s very slight and never completely made clear whether it’s the real thing or not. That said, it’s an excellent book that weaves seemingly with ease adventure, love story, an epic backstory and philosophical musings about the nature of man and society into a compelling mix.
It’s also an epistolary novel, a novel written in letters, diary entries and newspaper clippings in this case. Never having read something like this before, I was wary of how good it would work, but Brust & Bull showed me that it really did, very well even. This is a highly entertaining novel that shouldn’t be missed.