I read this book back in 2005 shortly after I'd read the Da Vinci code, and whilst it is not an account of Mary Magdalene's life from a Christian perspective, and has a great deal of speculation about Mary's relationship with Jesus and the other disciples, there is none of the outright blasphemy suggested by Dan Brown. Margaret George paints a very full account of her subject's life in a fictional way, but at the same time the incidents we know of from the biblical account appear to me to be very accurate rendition of the events concerned.
I found this a very interesting, fascinating and enjoyable read, and have almost been tempted into reading some of the author's other biographical novels. I would be particularly interested if she were to write on the lives of other biblical characters.
Although it is not totally accurate theologically (in my view), I would commend the book as a very worthwhile read. I'm not the world's most avid reader, but this kept my attention to the end of its (from recollection) 900+ pages....Continua