I'm not sure how accurate this book is. That is because most of the history that is portrayed here is legend. However, in spite of that, this is a very believable book. I somehow managed to feel sympathy for these power hungry characters. I understood their motivations. The side stories and back stories really helped to fill in the gaps that history books often have. The novel was also suspenseful even though I knew how the story was going to end. In short, this is a well written book that definitely appealed to the historian in me.