In top form on the whole, though not nearly as great as the Jurassic Park books. It was still a considerable page-burner, however. What weak bits existed were easily ignored in favor of the abounding upsides of the book.
The medieval world was so fascinating to read about with all its rich descriptions and intricacies of the people of the court. I rather liked how this time round, Crichton glorified history and put science on the back seat. My favorite quote from the book: "If you don't know history, you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it was part of a tree." An inescapably apt analogy that immediately made me feel self-conscious of my recent lack of interest in history.