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Sir Read-A-Lot's Review
on 10 May 2013
Re-telling history is a dangerous and often thankless task. Rather than accepting the author's fictional account of what might of happened, you tend to get "helpful readers" as Bernard Cornwell calls them, who are keen to point out the minutiae of errors in facts or are plainly affronted that you have been brave enough to write a different version of events. However, I believe good historical fiction is based on two words..."What If?"
E.M. Powell has asked that question and written a tale that gives an alternative version of one of history's most infamous killings. There were, of course, four knights involved in Thomas a'Becket's however what if there were five? This is the wonderful premise of an engaging and well-written novel that was originally released as a Kindle serial.
A flawed, chivalrous hero paired with a naive yet beautiful heroine is always a mix that works, regardless of genre. Their pursuers are sociopathic and sadistic, there is a conspiracy and the fate of a nation hangs in the balance as good battles evil. What more could you ask for?
"The Fifth Knight" is thoroughly enjoyable, well researched and easy to read. E.M. Powell has created a novel that will appeal to all and I award it 4 crosses!