King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett
While Nancy Pearl breathlessly recommends Dorothy Dunnett’s historical fiction in Book Lust, she neglected to mention that reading one of her books will overwhelm your reading diet for an extended period of time. Three weeks is a good length of reading time–I can usually get three or four novels under my belt in that time. King Hereafter, on the other hand, demanded all of those three weeks. So let this review start with a warning- while Dunnett is worth the time investment, you’re going to want to clear out your calendar.