This book is the second volume in the three volume Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson.
This continues the historical fiction started in Quicksilver that addresses events in Europe covering a multitude of subjects surrounding the characters of Daniel Waterhouse, Jack Shaftoe and Eliza, Countess de la Zeur. Some of what is covered are the subjects of alchemy, the natural sciences and economic theory.
As with the first volume in the cycle this is not a quick read and takes some concentration to follow the plot line and action, but it is well worth it.
I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Neal Stephenson or has an interest in historical fiction, particularly if it involves Europe in the late 1600’s and early 1700’s.