Top critical review
2 people found this helpful
on 20 February 2009
Overall, I was rather underwhelmed by this one. I find generally that books written in the first person work less well than those written in the third person, and in this particular book, the problem was compounded by having multiple narrators, switching between them very frequently, and none of them really seeming to have their own strong narraitive voice. Well, the executioner at the end was unmistakable if a bit too 'cor blimey Guv'nor'! At 400 pages, I was just quite relieved when I got to the end.
I also found it too much of a coincidence, even for an historical fiction novel, for Jane to be the one to find the scroll ordering Katherine Parr's arrest.