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"Robb deftly interweaves a complex story of love, passion and murder into the troubled and tangled fabric of Welsh history, fashioning a rich and satisfying novel" (Publishers Weekly)
"This compelling historical mystery lives up to the standard set by the master medievalist Ellis Peters" (Booklist) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The sixth novel in the compelling Owen Archer Series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Owen Archer, one eyed ex-soldier and part time spy in the 14th century England, accompanies a pilgrimage to the city of St.David's. Accompanied by Geoffrey Chaucer, he is to recruit archers for the Duke of Lancaster. His hidden agenda is to ascertain the loyalty of Duke's steward at Cydweli. Candace Robb weaves the story well. Right from the beginning one gets involved in the characters and their struggles. Owen's self-doubt about his own loyalties as he returns to his homeland - Wales. Sir Robert and Brother Michaelo's inner journey into their past, their regrets and repentance. Chaucer's forays into poetry. And all this successfully knitted into a tight tale of murder, suspense and politics backed by excellent research in the time period by the author. Though a reader like me who does not have any previous knowledge of the Welsh history gets a little lost in the maze of Welsh names and historical references, it does not detract heavily from the overall satisfaction of a reading a well written book. Lovers of this genre may like to check out 'Chronicles of Brother Cadfael' by Ellis Peters and the master piece of this genre, Umberto Eco's 'The Name of the Rose'.
These novels all seem to include a note at the end - which would be fine if it just gave a little added historical background, but the author's notes treat the characters in her stories and the events in the characters' lives as if they were real. When she is talking about higher status characters who are based on real people about whom historical records give some detail, this makes sense, but the lines often seem to get blurred.
All of Candace Robb's novels have great appeal to those interested in the medieval period and this one is no exception. Owen Archer is a believable hero and the area of York in which he lived is not too far from my own home which lends a extra dimension to the novels from me.
All of Candace Robb's novels have great appeal to those interested in the medieval period and this one is no exception. Owen Archer is a believable hero and the area of York in which he lived is not too far from my own home which lends an extra dimension to the novels for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy history and can rate this as good to read. I became absorbed in this book and read it quickly before passing it to my sister to read on her holiday cruise.Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Stella E. Bliss
Have all the Owen Archer Mysteries hope Candace Robb continues to write more in the seriesPublished 20 months ago by Penelope Fox
This was a real slog. So many characters, so many plots. Found my self getting completely lost.Published 21 months ago by J. Sargent