"This is where the tale grows wild. We will need dark nights and thunderstorms as we proceed; howling winds, and hearts afire with unspeakable yearnings. But upon my oath and upon my soul: what I am telling you is true."
Whether Will Starling's version of truth will align with yours as a reader remains to be seen, but the process of determination is pure pleasure.
The sensory detail, the feisty characterization the engaging pace: all of these qualities made Ian Weir's novel a stand-out read for me.