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A promising Start
on 6 March 2014
Having previously 'read' two of Michael Jecks' later books in this series - albeit in audio book form - and thoroughly enjoyed them, I decided to read them from the beginning.
I have to say that, whilst I enjoyed the characterisation, attention to detail and overall story, it was something of a disappointment. The plotting was basic and quality of writing clumsy and convoluted - neither in keeping with later books in the series.
That said, it was good to understand the main character's backstories and how they met one another. I therefore put the books' faults down to the author's inexperience. Knowing how later stories are more complex, polished and lack the clunky prose of this one, I shall certainly continue with the series.
Overall, it has its faults but I recommend it for those who like medieval mysteries. If swashbuckling adventures are more your scene, this isn't't for you.