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Intriguing concept, just not for me
on 31 December 2015
I read fantasy and historical books (both fact and fiction), so when I heard about this book I was intrigued. Having read it, I feel it is an interesting book/novella but I'm afraid it wasn't quite my cup of tea. I really enjoyed the part up to the Battle of Bosworth, but found the rest of the book hard to swallow. I would have liked to have seen Richard confronting more of those he is claimed to have wronged, more explaination of what he did and why (or at least, the author's take on it). The section coming after the discovery of the King's remains I felt was rushed and just a tad sentimental.
I am grateful to the author because now I know I should keep my historical reading and fantasy reading separate, especially when it revolves around a man and times that I feel so strongly about. (Yes, I am a Richardian.)
I would suggest that whether you like this book or not will depend on your views of King Richard III, your beliefs about the afterlife, and your acceptance or not of fantasy and myth. As such this is a very hard book to review as I would hesitate to either encourage or discourage anyone from reading it. I think it is one of those you have to read and make up your own mind.