Top positive review
Great historical read and a tightly-plotted, atmospheric, story
19 May 2019
I didn’t know much about this period of Irish history and was fascinated by all the detail. The author admits that whilst this tale is based on real events, she has used conjecture to fill in gaps. Yet I’ve no doubt that the portrayal of thirteenth-century Kilkennie (as spelled in the book) is as accurate as it’s possible to be. The description is vivid yet economical; with every scene it was as though I was in the room, an unseen observer. I liked the way the story was told from different viewpoints, which allowed the characters to be seen as others saw them. There lots of hints dropped, and for every time I wondered ‘how, why, where, when’, there was an answer; no plot thread was left undone and there were some genuine surprises along the way. It felt authentic, it felt plausible, and not only was it a great historical read, it was a tightly-plotted story too. I thoroughly recommend this excellent book.