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An early book from JB; not part of the spymaster series and disappointing I'm sorry to say.
on 9 September 2015
I saved this title for last in The Spymaster Series because chronologically it should be the last in the series; it is set in 1818 around the time of the events of The Black Hawk. Having finished reading it I wish I had not. It is not really part of the series except for the inclusion of Sir Adrian Hawkhurst with a minor role and his inclusion actually spoils the plot if you have read the other books in this series. The writing style is much less assured than the other books, sometimes it's even rather stilted and the holes in the plot are legion. I was so puzzled that I checked the publishing date - it turns out that the first issue was 1983. This must have been the first book JB published. I might have to re-read the others now to remind myself how good her writing became.