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This review is from: The Heresy of Dr Dee (Hardcover)
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I am a big fan of Phil Rickman, and over the years have bought everything he's written. I had already read The Bones of Avalon the first in his series (I presume there will be more) involving Elizabeth's court astrologer Dr Dee and her court favourite Robert Dudley, so I gave this a go.
I have to say that while this is enjoyable, it's not as engaging as his Merrily series. Some of the writing about 'end time' 'the dead are rising' came across as over-wrought. It didn't quite ring true - though I know it's a familiar trope in many late mediaeval/Tudor adventure novels.
I still think Rickman writes them better than most, so I will continue to read them. But I would prefer another Merrily, or perhaps a more serious, stand-alone book about Dr Dee.
Having read it, it faded from memory pretty quickly. This could well be due to my age I suppose, but his books on Merrily stay in the mind much longer.