I read the Luck of the Weissensteiners about a year back and loved it. Though the book tied up most of that story, there were some threads that were left hanging and I always wanted to pick up where I had left off and see what became of the family that I had got attached to. The author really delves into history and his perspective of the War, imminent and ongoing, through the eyes of his characters is always well researched and interesting. I took a little while to get to the next book because you need to make time to be able to totally experience the book .
When I last met Sebastian, he was a bit of a disappointment. He was cowardly and unattached to his mother who was the character I was rooting for in the first book. Circumstances caused the situation but I was interested in finding out how the dynamics change. War can make for strange relationships and can break existing ones and forge new ones. Christoph Fischer has brought that out vividly and before long I was on Sebastian’s side, watching him grow stronger and become a person with strong family values.
And of course, I can’t end the review without touching on the incredibly well painted picture of Vienna and the detailed background that the story is set in. It speaks of not just the author’s prowess with the pen and his talent in turning a phrase but of the indepth research that must have gone into writing this story. Another fascinating read and a must for fans of historical sagas!