Tyrant of the Mind: A Medieval Mystery (Medieval Mysteries (Poisoned Pen Paperback)) Paperback – 6 Jan 2010
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The chill that pervades Royal's second medieval historical (after 2003's Wine of Violence ) stems not just from the bitter winter besetting the Welsh
border castle of Wynethorpe but also from the murderous tensions that afflict its occupants. The illness of Richard, grandson of Baron Adam of Wynethorpe, has brought home the boy's aunt, Eleanor, prioress of Tyndal, as well as her companions, Sister Anne, a nun skilled in medicine, and Brother Thomas, a handsome and unwilling monk. Jealousy, lust, fear and treachery lead to murder, perhaps committed by Eleanor's brother, Robert, who's found standing with a bloody knife over the freshly slain victim. It's up to Eleanor and her oddly matched companions to prove Robert's innocence before medieval justice delivers its swift and violent verdict. The author carefully renders the hardships of surviving the harsh winters without obscuring the small pleasures that people of the period enjoyed. Eleanor, forceful or diplomatic by turns, is an engaging and resourceful her oine,
and Brother Thomas shows surprising depths and strengths. Royal brings her 13th-century world vividly and artfully to life in a series sure to have a bright future. -- Publishers Weekly (11.2004)
About the Author
Priscilla Royal grew up in British Columbia and earned a B.A. in World Literature at San Francisco State University, where she discovered the beauty of medieval literature. She is a theater fan as well as a reader of history, mystery, and fiction of lesser violence. When not hiding in the thirteenth century, she lives in Northern California and is a member of California Writers Club, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. www.priscillaroyal.com
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The story could have been set anywhere at any time period. There is an almost total lack of historical content and the characters are predictable and lack originality. The dialogue drips on endlessly and frequently goes nowhere and (other than one scene where a man gets kicked between the legs for no apparent reason) there is no real action to have you on the edge of your seat.
The sad thing is that Ms Royal is actuaslly seems to be a talented and able writer but this novel certainly doesn't bring out the best in her. It only cost £1 so I mustn't grumble too much. In fairness to her I will buy another of her books very soon and if I have done her an injustice to her ability with this review I will gladly write another to correct the matter
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the story, i like how the characters are developing, it was good to meet Eleanor's familiar and i would like to know what happens to Robert especially.Published 5 months ago by Snapdragon
Excellent introduction to a series. Looking forward to the rest.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I would have given it five but it did seem to meander at times, overall a good book would recommend it.Published on 25 Feb. 2014 by Ray coles