- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 558 KB
- Print Length: 213 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546367500
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crooked Cat Books (1 Jun. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071QXVW45
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I’ve never understood the “don’t cross genres” school of thought I’ve come across in writing circles. Some of my favourite books did (and to my mind brought new vigour to the two genres crossed). The Kindred Spirits series by Jennifer C Wilson is a great example.
I’m impressed with the second in the series as Royal Mile focuses on my least favourite monarch, Mary Stuart. Why least favourite? It’s because her heart did rule her head until she lost the latter. Having said that, in Royal Mile, I see a side to Mary Stuart I hadn’t considered before - that of a caring daughter to her father, James V of Scotland. The sad reality is they never did meet in life as adults.
In the book, the set up is arranged so beautifully you find yourself rooting for Queen Mary to be able to pull her father out of his stupor. You also feel immensely sorry for her having to tackle the ghost of Lord Darnley, her second husband, and one of the biggest mistakes she made in life. You also wonder if she is going to succeed here. Mary is also kind to a sad character called Boy and clearly cares about her “people".
I like the way all of the ghosts in both of the books so far are “flesh and blood” characters. To be able to make me warm (a bit!) to Queen Mary does take some special writing and Jennifer C Wilson has succeeded in this here.
I look forward to reading more in the Kindred Spirits series and finding out what historical ghostly figures Jennifer C Wilson will focus on next. Both books so far are easy to read, entertaining and show sides to the main characters you may not have considered before. Despite being ghosts, the characterisation is realistic and moving. A great thing to achieve.
There are also notes on the characters at the end of the book - I read these first as it helped me to know who people were, although you don't need to as the historical figures are well characterised in the book itself.
A good read.
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