I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I didn't know if vampires would suddenly appear in the middle of it or what. However, I found it to be a very enjoyable read. Having been in Israel a couple of years ago, I could relate well to the cities and places mentioned in the book, some of the incredible historical accuracy, and the stories of Jewish tradition and law.
It is not a difficult read but, like I said, it is quite enjoyable. It gives a great perspective on what Jesus might have felt as He realized that He was the light in the darkness. If you enjoy history, fiction, and religious writing, this is the book for you. I understand that she has just written a follow-up book in which Jesus is older. I look forward to reading it as well but, right now, N.T. Wright's new book is sitting on the end table, begging me to read it.