Lafferty makes fast and loose with history in her fictional account of the life of Markéta Pichlerová. She paints her as an intelligent, ambitious, rebellious, arrogant, naïve teenager, a combination of attributes which prompts decisions that root her firmly in too-stupid-to-live territory. The historical detail of village life in 1600's Bohemia is quite interesting, though I can’t attest to its accuracy. I thought the pace dragged from start to finish, the dialogue got super clunky on occasion, the plot took a strange and seemingly pointless twist or two, and I wasn’t really invested in any of the characters, not even the ones whose fates weren’t recorded in the history books. It’s okay for what it is and I’d give this author another try, but to be totally honest I spent a large portion of the book wishing Tracy Chevalier had written it instead.