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Unfortunately not as good as the first
on 2 December 2015
I did enjoy this second novel in the Joanna Stafford trilogy but not as much as I enjoyed the first novel, "The Crown". This was mostly due to the lack of intimate details provided by the author to make the characters more vivid to the reader. This was a fast-paced novel with a great storyline but unfortunately it just wasn't fleshed out enough with afore mentioned details for me to truly become absorbed in Joanna's story. If I hadn't of read the first novel in the trilogy then I doubt I would have enjoyed this book very much, but the prior knowledge I already had of the characters somewhat made up for the lack of character development in this novel. I definitely would not recommend for someone to read this novel without reading "The Crown" first.
Having said that I will still be reading the final installment in this trilogy, "The Tapestry", because I am very intrigued as to what will occur next in the story. The storyline has been gripping throughout, full of intrigue and suspense. Luckily this novel contained just as much of this mixture as the first one did. There are always new plots afoot and new secrets being discovered, making this a true historical mystery. Many of the characters are historical figures whom the author weaves into her web of intrigue...and the best part is we are never sure of what their true intentions really are.