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Susann CokalReligious wars have rarely been exclusively about religion, a point Willocks’s novel drives home. As Tannhauser trades drugs for favors, takes vengeance on his enemies and deals with heroes and villains on both sides of the conflict, it becomes clear that the fight isn’t over church and mosque but the ground they stand on — and the taxes that are collected when merchants stop to take on supplies, sell their wares and, incidentally, say a few prayers. The Religion has few pretensions to high literature, but it delivers a timely sermon in the midst of its surround-sound entertainment.
— The New York Times