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King's Blood
King's Blood
by Judith Tarr
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing retake on history, 13 Jun. 2017
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I do enjoy Tarr's reworking of history to include magic. She's an excellent writer with great descriptive powers.


With Fate Conspire (Onyx Court 4)
With Fate Conspire (Onyx Court 4)
by Marie Brennan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read., 13 Jun. 2017
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Love these books-well written,interesting plots and well rounded characters.


The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse: Eddie Bear Book 1
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse: Eddie Bear Book 1
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Very flat.., 13 Jun. 2017
Couldn't get into this at all; I found the writing style very staccato and the plot quite uninteresting.


Mistress of the Maze: The Legend of Rosamund Clifford
Mistress of the Maze: The Legend of Rosamund Clifford
by J. P. Reedman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History made interesting., 17 Mar. 2017
Another excellent historical novel from this author!


The Hood Game: Rise of the Greenwood King: Volume 1
The Hood Game: Rise of the Greenwood King: Volume 1
by J. P. Reedman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hooded man comes to the forest, 29 Jan. 2017
This is a different take on the Robin Hood tale;going back to the older, classic stories( -for example,Friar Tuck and his 3 hunting dogs,and Guy of Guisburne's horse-skin cloak) and blending it with a good mix of fantasy & actual history. It's rather like what Zimmer Bradley did for the legend of King Arthur' with 'The Mists of Avalon',except the mythical elements and history are far more accurate in this book.
The story itself follows the classic trope, the outlaws grouping together in Sherwood forest, but there's a lot more. The characters are handled deftly and believably; Robyn (sic) doesn't spend his time making speeches, Marian has doubts about her place amongst the 'merry men' and Alan a Dale gets a complete and very original makeover. I think he has to be one of my favourite characters:)
Highly recommended if you like historica or fantasy fiction. I'm looking forward to the sequel!


Dickon's Tudor Christmas Carol
Dickon's Tudor Christmas Carol
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bah,Humbugge!, 4 Jan. 2017
A clever,funny, and well-written tale of Henry vii based on a certain miser's Christmas adventures. Just the thing to curl up with on a cold Winter's night!


MY FAIR LADY: A Story of Eleanor of Provence, Henry III's Lost Queen
MY FAIR LADY: A Story of Eleanor of Provence, Henry III's Lost Queen
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A neglected character brought to life., 31 Oct. 2016
J.P Reedman does it again – this time focusing on the little known wife of Henry III – the medieval world shines through in the prose as the author effortlessly weaves history and fiction together, creating a realistic world of politics and warfare. The subject must be close to the author's heart as Eleanor’s last burial place still waits to be found hopefully one day and I am sure the author will be there to see it!
Competently and sympathetically written, the author seems to have found a really interesting character who has been ignored and bypassed for years. I remember reading Jean Plaidy’s novel on Eleanor many years back and it being quite flat, simpering and lifeless. Reedman’s characters lift from the page and the added detail of Eleanor and Henry’s lives are wonderfully realised for the first time.
Re. The last reviewer’s comments about errors. I don’t think I’ve read too many novels that don’t have some very minor ones, despite being professionally published and edited. In fairness, the one or two I spotted were minor and didn’t detract. I can only think the reviewer somehow has some personal grievance, or just is never entirely satisfied, and that is the reason for her not being able to emphasize with the characters in the book.


I, Richard Plantagenet: Book Two: Loyaulte Me Lie
I, Richard Plantagenet: Book Two: Loyaulte Me Lie
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The people behind the history., 8 May 2016
Continuing the story of Richard lll, the last Plantagenet king of England,this book covers his brother Edward IVs death & its consequences. Richard's own ascension to the throne ,the problems it brings and the aftermath are all expertly handled by the author. Plausible explanations are given for the 'Princes in the Tower' issue,Buckingham's rebellion and Elizabeth of York's supposed romantic relationship with her uncle. A well-written story,told again from Richard's point of view, it follows the path to Bosworth,as the days of the ill-fated king grow sour.
An excellent read,one of the best novels about Richard that I've read. The characters are well-drawn and rounded,including Richard himself; no pious po-faced king or twisted evildoer here! And the settings and background are accurate,unlike some novels written by supposed 'historians'!
Highly recommended for all lovers of medieval fiction,and medieval fact.


I, Richard Plantagenet: Tante le Desiree: Volume 1
I, Richard Plantagenet: Tante le Desiree: Volume 1
by J. P. Reedman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.75

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable history!, 28 Dec. 2015
As far as I know,this is the only book to tell the story of King Richard lll in the first person. Writing in the character's voice is always a risky venture,but this book succeeds wonderfully. This is the tale of Richard,Duke of Gloucester and eventual last Plantagenet king of England. J.P. Reedman depicts him as a realistic character,neither the evil hunchback of (sadly) popular legend,or the pious cheerless plaster saint found in some histories. Her Richard is a normal young medieval man,with all a young man's tastes . He is a staunch supporter of his brother King Edward iv,and long-suffering younger brother to the fickle George of Clarence. This first book bring the story up to the aftermath of the Scottish campaign.
I found this a very well-written,literate,but NEVER boring book. 15th Century England unrolls before the reader's eyes,in all its smelly,colourful brawling detail. All the dramatis personae are well-rounded,and you never feel that they are anything other than people of their time. No anachronistic 'OK's or other modern irritating phrases that I've found in other 'historical' novels. I'll be putting this book on the shelf beside my Rosalie Hawley Jarmans & Dorothy Dunnets,and waiting impatiently for the 2nd book,although I know how it will end..
Highly recommended,not just for Ricardians,but for anyone who enjoys a good story,well told and well researched!


Sons of York: Richard III and his Brothers (Tales of the White Boar Book 3)
Sons of York: Richard III and his Brothers (Tales of the White Boar Book 3)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I like about JP Reedman's writing is that she weaves stories ..., 11 May 2015
Very few books on or featuring Richard of Gloucester,afterwards King Richard lll (that most maligned of all English kings) deal with his early years,and those that do tend to stick to the same incidents.What I like about JP Reedman's writing is that she weaves stories around less well-known parts of Richard's life. These intriguing vignettes make for very satisfying reading,.Reedman manages to blend fact & fiction seamlessly,and grounds it firmly in the 15th Century. Her characters are not just modern people in mediaeval dress,but real people with the mindset appropriate to their era. I look forward to her forthcoming book on Richard lll!


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