I’d heard good things about this book, and they were entirely justified. An alternative history where the ancient Hanseatic League has been revived, this book tells the story of Sophie, a girl in 1930′s Scotland. She is a good main character and the plot is certainly thrilling. I have the sequel now and am definitely looking forward to it!
I tend to enjoy alternate history type books and this one did a very nice job of identifying exactly when it was that our history and this world’s history diverged (Battle of Waterloo: the French won). Sophie is an excellent character and overall it was just one of those delightful, solid reads that makes you happy. [2010 in books]