The Pope is dead.
Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election.
They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.
I enjoyed this book a surprising amount. The political process behind choosing a new Pope was fascinating, as were the traditions that go alongside it. This is of course fictionalised and we’ll never quite know what happens in a Conclave but even so, the book felt like it had solid research behind it and was more captivating for it.
The characters were well rounded and I felt for Lomeli at various points through the book when he struggled to know what the right thing to do was.
I felt the tag line on the front cover summed this book up perfectly, it really was ‘The Power of God. The Ambition of Men’
This was my first Robert Harris book and I’ll certainly be reading more.