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Full of larger than life people, places and events.
on 27 April 2016
I came across this as an audio book without realising two important things. Firstly, it's the third book of a trilogy. But I had no idea, so it obviously works very well as a standalone. Secondly, James Forrester is the pen name of an author whose non fiction I've enjoyed and who's acclaimed.
This story is one I found totally immersive. I was swept into the intrigues and machinations of divided loyalties and long standing conflicts between the Monarchy and 'supporters'. The religious divisions and claims to the throne are explored here in a way that takes the reader into the society depicted. Whether it's the nobility or the serving staff and tavern occupants involved in the dialogue and events, there's a real feel for the people and the times. It's like eavesdropping on events that took place hundreds of years ago and as such, I found it both powerful and compelling.
Central to the story is a document that potentially affects the monarchy, succession and religious belief. Who gas it, who wants it, why and what happens to it provide the basis for an entertaining and plausible romp through a few weeks in history. However you look at this, it's a great tale, well told with a gripping plot and characters bursting with life. I now have to catch up on the first two in the series and that will be a pleasure.