Be patient if
- the phone rings
- your kids want to play with you
- dinner is served or
- your dogs wants to go for a walk
and will stop you from reading this marvellous book! All this will be a nuissance as these activities will force one to drop for the time being the new book by Sharon K Penman which is a real page turner!
It is Penmman' s tenth book and I have read them all - from the Sun in Splendour to the Dragon' s Lair.
The Prince of Darkness is the fourth mystery by Sharon K. Penman featuring Justin de Quincy as The Queen's Man solving the mysteries laying in the path of his Queen - the legendary Eleonor, Duchess of Aquitaine, Queen Dowager of England and once Queen of France. As in the previous novels the background is the power struggle between King Richard Lionheart and his younger brother John, the future King John Lackland. Justin founds himself serving suddenly Prince John as any unjust harm falling upon him would be against the wishes of his Queen.
By page 3 you will be in the plot, by page 15 you are hooked and latest by pages 50 you will absolutely absorbed in the story. I do not know how Penman does it but it is just fantastic. The story takes quite unexpected, but never unlogical turns and this is really good and intersting.
The story continues the Dragon' s Lair story as the personalities of the main characters (Justin, Durand, Claudine, John and Emma) develop. But for those who have read the Dragon Liar some time ago or even never have read it will no problem to understand the plot or the personalities and their story. Even in this repect very well done.
I finished my review on the Dragon's Lair with the line:"
I am already looking forward to the 4th mystery with Justin de Quincy" - well I just have to say now:
I am already looking forward to the 5th mystery with Justin de Quincy!