The Sixth outing for Mr John Shakespeare and one that will have him following Sir Francis Walsingham’s orders in a prequel tale of daring, danger and religion as the battle for the throne heats up. It is well written, it has some great prose and yet, to be honest I felt a little flat. Why? Well when you know that it’s a prequel and let us face it, the principle character is not going to die as he has future outings to look forward to.
There’s no real danger for him, it lessens the excitement for the reader and all round leaves you feeling a little flat. That’s not o say that it’s a poor book, far from it, I had a lot of fun reading it but with no real danger to our hero, well I felt that it was missing one of the key elements that has made this series so gripping. A great shame.