I read The Historian earlier this year. The descriptions of the locations the characters travel to throughought the book are quite beautiful and vivid. It really made me want to travel and see the world. There were a few portions of the book, especially towards the beginning, that seemed to drag on and on, but the rest of it was fast paced and interesting.
I think it's a must read for anyone who likes Bram Stoker's Dracula and I've recommended it to a few of my friends.