Also, I felt cheated by the historical bits. They were fascinating, but I felt the story ended before its potential was fulfilled. I could see what the author was doing, I think, I could see how she went against expectations, and that was good, but I still felt letdown at the end.
I think I would have liked this more had it been a lot longer and deeper, and I'm sure the author had done enough research to accomplish that. There was so much to explore, and much of it was only touched lightly and tantalizingly.