Plot/Idea: The author has crafted an engaging and intriguing plot which holds the reader's attention throughout. With likable characters and many unknowns to discover, there is much here to keep the reader entertained.
Prose: The author is a fine writer who demonstrates strong command of language. Given that this is a period romance, detail is key so that the reader understands the norms of the time that dictate everything from behavior to fashion to social hierarchy. This level of description can easily become a laborious bore for the reader to suffer through, but in Smith's capable hands, these specifics add to the richness of the work.
Originality: This is a highly original work with a distinctive premise, fiery, memorable characters, and an engaging storyline.
Character Development/Execution: The characters here are well-defined and consistent. Their motivations and singular traits are explained as the action unfolds. Very well done.
Date Submitted: August 01, 2022