- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2567.0 KB
- Print Length: 276 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1522987088
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (25 Mar. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J9OTVS0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simply copying a pattern and adding a plethora of ill defined characters with eminently forgettable names only leads to a confusion that the staggering plot does nothing to alleviate. Yes, I did read the other one. Equally grim.
The plot bounces along, the characters were totally believable and the setting, Medieval Cordoba, is well researched and its multicultural society brought to life by the author. There are Historical Notes and a map at the end, and I’d strongly recommend it for anyone looking for a good holiday read, or who has visited Spain.
I especially liked General Ghalib, sidekick to Hasdai, the Grand Vizier, and the parallels with Captain Hastings (Poirot) and Dr Watson (Holmes) make him a nicely sympathetic character. He’s just a bit behind the curve intellectually, but coming through with the goods when the chips are down.
I hope the female interest, Miryam, will be given a little more space in the next book. It seemed at first there was a shortage of female characters, then Miryam duly turned up, right on cue. Her appearance was nicely timed.
In summary, Cadfael had better watch out - I see the Hasdai stories developing into a great little series. But........who will play him on TV?
I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
I really liked this book. I'd say it might well appeal to fans of Robert Harris, C.J.Sansom, Paul Doherty, Lindsey Davis. Georges Simenon is also an apparent influence. Recommended.
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