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Loads of scope, lack of execution.
on 9 November 2009
Let's start with he following; if you are a fan of Bernard Cornwell then you will be disappointed and you will ask for your money back (as per the promotion on the front cover). On the other hand if you have never read Cornwell then this is a reasonable start if somewhat let down with some obvious and rushed plot lines. I like my historical fiction to be well researched, to draw back the curtain of the plot slowly and to develop it's characters with subtlety. Angus Donald picks a great character and period to develop a compelling series around. However, from time to time, rather than draw back the curtain slowly, he storms in and rips back the curtain of the plot as though he was bored developing a story line. His characters, language and descriptions are often formulaic and obvious; the hero is a villain, he's taught by a knight, he's quickly befriended by Robin, he suffers torment blah blah blah. While attention to detail that creates a sense of time and period is lacking and so I quickly feel as though this could be set anytime, anywhere. It's not bad, it has some entertaining moments but, as a fan of Cornwell, this is very disappointing. Will I buy the next in the series, unlikely (but that's not a 'no')..