I really enjoyed reading The Bitter Trade. This isn’t normally the sort of book I would read, but I was drawn in by the synopsis and I’m very glad I did read it. I found Calumny to be a likeable enough character and found his story very engrossing. I loved the little dictionary at the end of the book explaining some of Calumny’s language, and the chapter at the end full of facts about the history of the time period was a very nice touch. The text is so beautifully written. Piers Alexander has a wonderful writing style, and I really felt like I was in the 1600’s when reading it. It’s hard to believe that this is his debut novel! I look forward to reading more of his novels in the future.