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3.0 out of 5 stars Buckles will be swashed, 1 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Gideon's Angel (Mass Market Paperback)
Swordplay. Muskets. A sprinkling of heaving bosoms. Black magic. Brawls in taverns. Clifford Beal's novel has a generous helping of tropes from roistering fiction, as Col Richard Treadwell, a Royalist exile at the court of Charles II in Paris, intrigues across both France and England. Treadwell is enmeshed in the politics of the exile Court, and furthermore works for Cardinal Mazarin. When things become a little hot he agrees to lead a rebellion against the force of Parliament.

However it turns out that Treadwell's rebellion is the least of Oliver Cromwell's concerns - and that something far, far worse than a restored Monarchy is plotting against his rule.

This was a fun read. I enjoyed the idea of London under the Commonwealth as a playground for the unholy, a kind of 17th century urban fantasy, I suppose. Beal seems to have done his homework on the period of the Commonwealth. I was surprised to see the soldiers being called "redcoats" - but looking into it I see that the New Model Army did mostly have red uniforms form 1645, eight years before this story is set. He also drops real people (for example, Elias Ashmole) and events in to good effect.

It's possibly made a little easy for Treadwell as he was given a backstory that included previous encounters with the occult, and an old ally who just happens to have ended up in London. But still entertaining for all that.
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D. Harris
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Location: Oxford, UK

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