" I have previously enjoyed other Anthony Trollope novels, but this one really challenged me. It concerns a young Irishman who secures a place in Parliament, and the adventures that happen to him, involving various Lords, Ladies, duels and broken romances. There is entirely too much of Trollope's political theories involved to make it much of an entertainment to read. The plot takes a back seat to the political machinations, most of which I did not fully understand. I'm not sure why I even finished this book, but it did get a little more interesting towards the end. I think I would recommend other Trollope novels before this one. "
— Melodee, 1/27/2014