I confess to being rather drawn in with the eye catching cover and blurb of this book- and the good reviews.
I was sort of expecting a mystery story centred around the princes in the tower theme, but it's not, as such. That whole mystery seems to be "resolved" quickly with the poor old Duke of Buckingham neatly getting the blame for it.
The story revolves around Henry Morane, a canny medieval clerk to King Richard's secretary, John Kendall. After a run in with one of the Stanley's, he gets (sort of) employed by Richard III to do a spot of spying/general adventuring.
Richard himself doesn't really come into it that much- just pops up every now and then for a bit of "suspicious gazing" and to give Henry the low down on his next task.
It's really boy's own adventures, Plantagenet style- not usually my cup of tea,but it's hugely entertaining.
I loved Henry Morane and his feisty missus (Matilda),he is quite an amoral, cynical character, but very believable and likeable.
I think whichever era, Plantagenet/Tudor etc- Henry Morane would fit in with and the book would be equally as good.
I also enjoyed some of the language Robert Farrington has the characters use- "God's Hooks!", "God's buttocks!" - was this really a medieval term? I'm not sure- but I found it very amusing.
After Richard is killed at Bosworth, Farrington seems to leave the door open for Henry to have further adventures, as the new Tudor King saves him from the wrath of the Stanley's.
I was really pleased to discover that Henry's story continues under Henry VII- in "Tudor Agent", no idea what that will be like but I will be giving it a try.
The book is really well written, not sentimental, and very well paced. God's hooks!!- it was a really great read.