The amount of research that went into this novel is absolutely incredible! I do not know very much about Japanese history, but with this novel it felt as if I was brought straight into the past, every detail clear and it did back up the bits that I did know.
However, I do wish that the antagonists had more personality. It felt as if their only personality was evil and bad, and the author should have showed different sides to them. It would have been easier to connect with the story because the characters would have been more realistic.
I also felt that the writing was a bit too chunky and sometimes took away from the pleasure of reading the novel. The author went into too much detail and left very little for the reader to imagine.