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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 9 April 2015
This is one of Sharon Penman's shorter novels and once again features the medieval sleuth, Justin de Quincey, who is devoted to the protection of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, as she seeks to ransom her captive son Richard the Lionheart, rightful King of England. The sly Prince John, who would happily inherit the throne in the event of his brother's death, seems to be involved in a plot to betray Richard and the finding of a missing and damaging document is at the heart of this well paced story.

There is a wide cast of believable characters: the good, the bad, the beautiful, the honourable and those who would slit a throat without mercy. Justin and his companions discover much that could put their lives at risk, and at one point it seems that a lingering death in a gruesome dungeon will be the sad end to his life.

This is a well plotted story featuring the people and events behind the lavish court and its ruthless Plantagenet jostling for ultimate power and a very good one it is. In particular, the beautiful pilgrimage destination, Mont St Michel, is wonderfully described. The further adventures of Justin de Quincey are not to be missed.
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on 25 May 2014
I loved Sharon Penman's historical novels, so looked forward to embarking on her books. Unlike other reviewers, however, I was rather disappointed in this book and just couldn't engage with the characters or the plot. It wasn't helped by the style either and the insertion of phrases such as "for certes" in the middle of otherwise modern conversation irritated me. I'd rather have all modern speech or a better attempt at 12th Century English, not the token couple of phrases that were thrown in here and there. It took me a while to finish this and it was an OK read, but I won't rush to read anymore of the Queen's Man's adventures.
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VINE VOICEon 27 June 2014
Now if you have read the previous 3 books in this series, this one is a must, Sharon Penman really know how to write a historical novel, that keeps you glued to the page! In this novel it is DeQuincy's bet noire who he has to trust , Prince John, he of ill repute, we have murder and mayhem and two timing Kings. Super read, but again do not take this book to read in bed, you will still be reading it at 4 in the morning !
Ros Moore
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on 7 April 2018
The series is an easy and enjoyable read. This is the last book so far in the series, so will savour reading it and and hope Sharon Penman is busy writing some more. Of course it could be that the story ends with this book!
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on 29 June 2014
I have just finished this book and was gripped the whole way through. Sharon Penman has developed a wonderful set of believable characters and mixed them into the history of the time. I really enjoyed the four books enormously and couldn't put them down surely the sign of a great author. For anyone who loves history and great storytelling these books are a must read. I now want more please......... Sharon Penman is one of my favourite authors.
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on 17 November 2014
A very well-written account of the goings-on, mainly in France, as Richard the Lion Heart was ransomed out of Germany after his imprisonment there. The story follows the activities of a young man who has a grand family name and is working for the Queen Mother. The reader will believe all the details and thoroughly enjoy the developments.
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on 14 September 2015
My review of Book 3 in this series was submitted in error - it was a great story, and there is a fourth in the series - this is it. Again an excellent story, well told. This is clearly the end of the line, but the story line does leave open the option of a fifth book.
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on 1 November 2014
The same Penman flowing style..Grit pace rhythm..
Excellent character build with depth and passion..
You feel the atmosphere, the cold dank places where you are bidden..
The fear becomes palpable mingled with excitement page after page..
Oh and get your own copy..ha
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on 12 October 2015
The final book in the 'Queens Man' series; as excellent as the first three, well written and an education too. Wish there was a follow up to this though, would love to have known what happened to all the characters!
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on 6 January 2016
Having not read earlier books I did find that it was a time before I could get into the "feel" of the author and the plot etc. I did find it a little slow at times but did enjoy the explanation of the time in history.
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