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5.0 out of 5 stars A long, but enjoyable read., 12 May 2009
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'Rogues & Players' is the first volume of what is two parts of a saga. Written by Pauline Bentley (aka Kate Tremain) it follows the fortunes of 'Gabriellen', a woman living in Elizabethan times whose life becomes embroiled with, as the title suggests 'rogues and players' and in particular, three very different, but important men.

I don't usually read books this long (600 pages) and the print is quite small, and so there is a great deal of reading, but the story keeps you interested enough to want to go on, and the characters thoroughly believable and many that are very likeable.

The story follows the life of Gabriellen Angel, who, after living for years with her aunt and uncle, catches up with her father who is the leader in a band of 'players' who are travelling the country. Gabriellen inadvertently becomes a playwright - partly due to her father's failing sight who is writing the plays initially, but she gets herself in deep water - both with the troupe and Queen Elizabeth I as she goes against all Elizabethan propriety.

This is an interesting read and historically accurate with all kinds of events that will keep you 'hooked' until the very end. Not overly sentimental with some unpredictability not usually found in this type of novel.

The saga is continued with the second volume entitled: 'Fallen Angels' which though I own, having just finished reading the first volume have not yet read, but will definitely look forward to doing so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A long, but most enjoyable read., 12 May 2009
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This review is from: Rogues and Players (Paperback)
'Rogues & Players' is the first volume of what is two parts of a saga. Written by Pauline Bentley (aka Kate Tremain) it follows the fortunes of 'Gabriellen', a woman living in Elizabethan times whose life becomes embroiled with, as the title suggests 'rogues and players' and in particular, three very different, but important men.

I don't usually read books this long (600 pages) and the print is quite small, and so there is a great deal of reading, but the story keeps you interested enough to want to go on, and the characters thoroughly believable and many that are very likeable.

The story follows the life of Gabriellen Angel, who, after living for years with her aunt and uncle, catches up with her father who is the leader in a band of 'players' who are travelling the country. Gabriellen inadvertently becomes a playwright - partly due to her father's failing sight who is writing the plays initially, but she gets herself in deep water - both with the troupe and Queen Elizabeth I as she goes against all Elizabethan propriety.

This is an interesting read and historically accurate with all kinds of events that will keep you 'hooked' until the very end. Not overly sentimental with some unpredictability not usually found in this type of novel.

The saga is continued with the second volume entitled: 'Fallen Angels' which though I own, having just finished reading the first volume have not yet read, but will definitely look forward to doing so.
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