- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 6519 KB
- Print Length: 330 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497386322
- Publisher: Preseli Press (19 Mar. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J4OJ036
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- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wouldn't question the author's wisdom in choosing the subject for this his second book. And it is only surprising, what with the recent crop of fiction on this era, that one of the most important and colourful characters in any period of English history could have fallen below the radar of other more established authors currently 'turning medieval'. And it wasn't the typo errors, layout problems... the usual things that crop up in self-published books. I can live with that in small doses, as here: fiction writers are employing the creative process after all, not the technical; and proofreaders and editors are restrictively expensive for most. I would rather have these books out there with all their shortcomings, than not at all, and it didn't spoil my enjoyment of this one.
But as I read on, I found I was increasingly making up for the shortcomings in the plot, filling in details with my own knowledge of the period. Far too many essential episodes in the history are missing here. Of course, the War of the Roses is a mind-boggling maze of political twists and turns and, yes, it would be a challenge to write the missing episodes, even more so to sprinkle them about the text without the whole thing turning into a weightier epic. But I found the central characters well-developed and with enough depth and potential to carry this off and if added the episodes would give substance and reason for some of the characters' actions, that must seem odd to a less well-informed reader. These challenges are what any author taking on any aspect of the War of the Roses simply cannot avoid and it was a mistake to leave them out here.
But as said, I like Tony Ritches' book, and his ideas of Warwick. And so I hope he will beat others to it by going back to this work, fleshing it out to twice its length, and giving the story and his characters the full credit they deserve. In its present form I couldn't rate it any more highly than 3 stars since, to paraphrase Shakespeare's Richard III, I found it 'unfinished, sent before its time into the world... scarce half made up!'
It was the mark of a good teller of historical fiction that I was so absorbed with the story I felt an irrational annoyance of Warwick for changing sides so easily at the end and saddened by his demise ~ even though my rational brain kept saying, 'this is what actually happened!'
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