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I loved this book. I read it in a week over the holidays as a book that I didn’t have to think about, but I found myself thinking anyway. What’s interesting about Kay is that he writes demi-historical fiction. I say this because this novel reminded me strongly of Spain during the Islamic occupation. There are people in the novel who represent the Spanish Catholics, the Islamic warriors, and the Jewish people. A very complex and beautiful story, no less true or difficult for it’s fictional nature however.