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Entertaining, informed and totally gripping.,
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This review is from: The Bones of Avalon (The John Dee Papers) (Kindle Edition)
I'm new to the work of Phil Rickman and if his other books grip in the same way as this, I shall be delighted!
The narrative style is unusual with reminders and reference to the main character's thought process as he works through discussions and facts to draw his conclusions. I found Dr John Dee interesting and well rounded. His friendship with Robert Dudley, the Queens lover, was brought to life making it seem entirely plausible. The language used was vibrant and some of the descriptive passages gave an almost tangible sense of an all pervading evil, both moral and physical.
The historical backdrop of the Dissolution of the monasteries and Papist plots, changing allegiances, mistrust and constant threat was very well conveyed. Wrapping all this together around a search for King Arthur's bones and blowing holes in some long standing legends made it a ripping read. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.