Did not finish (no star rating)
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Raymond Khoury, and Forge Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.
Usually a great fan of alternate history and long one of Raymond Khoury’s work, I was hoping to find great interest in this novel, though things began to fall short from the beginning and remained troublesome for me. The premise, that the Ottoman Empire continued to gather strength and overtook much of Europe into the present day, sounded good on paper, but as Khoury wove his story, things never seemed to work for me. With a mysteriously tattooed man lurking in the shadows, I hoped for some injected excitement, but even the information he revealed left me wanting more and unable to find something intriguing. While I hate to leave a book unfinished—particularly an ARC—I owe it to myself and others not to get bogged down with something that will make me miserable or keep me from reviewing books that appeal to me. While some will surely love it, I had to let this one go 55% in and hope this was but a blip on the Khoury radar, not the new norm after a fairly lengthy time away from full novels.
Kudos, Mr. Khoury, for dreaming up an interesting premise. Delivery was off for me, so I hope others can see the empire for the castle walls, to poorly mangle a cliché!
A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/248185-a-book-for-all-seasons