I found the debut novel of Mary Ann Bernal to be a profound, engaging, incredibly detailed piece of work. From the conclusion of the first sentence the novel is impossible to put down. These are not cookie cutter characters, and this is no paint by numbers story. Drenched in a rich, vibrant, and carefully researched pool of history, the characters manage to exist beyond their page - they have been given form - what they feel, you will feel. Whether you have an interest in this era of history or not makes little difference. "The Briton and the Dane" is likely to engage readers of all sorts. To say I'm anxious for the sequel would indeed be the understatement of the year.
Steven N., California