Well, I read the whole damn thing. A 21st Century soap opera set in the 14th Century. Sloppily written and poorly edited it was, nevertheless, entertaining - especially if you let prurient instincts take over. This book had a bit of everything - strong women, weak men, strong men, palace intrigue, religious corruption, war, violence, sex - tons of sex, consensual and non-consensual, heterosexual and homosexual. All in all a pretty bad book. It's 1000 + pages so don't read it expecting anything other than a big, lusty, summer read.