This is the first book I've read by Robert Goddard and it most certainly won't be the last. Very intriguing story that defies you to name the genre - Gothic romance, thriller, mystery, historical fiction, literary fiction - all apply. Based on the title, I thought this would be more of a war story and while the war certainly is part of this book, it's not the main story. It's a complicated story so you need to pay close attention to details. Just as one mystery is resolved, another one pops up. There are points where you think, well, that's that but the mysterious story goes on and isn't resolved until the last page. Excellent writing by Mr. Goddard. This is a wonderful book to get lost in.