The Light in the Ruins - Chris Bohjalian Read my full review: opinion: I thoroughly enjoyed this series and consider it one of the most intelligent reads of the year. The story was incredibly intricate and played well within the two periods of time. I must admit that there were periods of reading when the back and forth in periods of time became slightly confusing. I am usually not a fan of this type of book that does this. Reading it on an ereader versus a print book increased this issue.The writing in this book was incredibly rich and engrossing. In my humble opinion, if the incredibly intelligent and creative Chris Bohjalian was to create a character, one like Serafina Bettini would be it.