|Stephen R. Lawhead|
A roller coaster is slow when it starts out and climbs that first big hill. Byzantium is also slow while Lawhead lays the groundwork and has the reader join with an enterprising group of 13 monks from Ireland and Britain that head off for a pilgrimage to Constantinople.
Like a roller coaster, once this book finally gets moving (around page 90 or so) the pace never stops and the reader is drawn into a wonderful world and is exposed to four cultures (Irish, Viking, Byzantine, Arab), as the main character is taken into slavery, lives the life of luxury, suffers from religious doubt, climbs to the heights of faith, fights corruption, is betrayed and also travels the world in a whirlwind fashion.
This wonderful story, based on a composite of Irish monks from the 9th and 10th centuries, is a joy to read.
This is my first Lawhead book but it won't be my last.
I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.
Reviewed on June 9, 2005.