Even though it's only the second book, the Tom Swan series has hit its stride. The first story was relatively self-contained, as befitting a pilot chapter so to speak, but in this one there's more of a sense of an overarching plot developing. Despite the title, the action is fairly far-flung, starting in Rome, and moving swiftly through Venice to Constantinople. Christian Cameron's clearly done his homework on daily life in the Middle Ages, and he manages to make topics such as selling antiques and buying new clothes engaging and humorous. The characters are developed, too. Tom Swan's likeable and quick with his wits, but it turns out he's also too quick with his blade, with interesting results. Suffice to say that Tom has a lot of potential as a recurring character. All in all, it's a short, breezy read, and one that's highly recommended. I've heard through the grapevine that Tom Swan's not selling too well, but hopefully the solid reviews it's getting will convince people to buy more - and it's only 99p! How could you go wrong, really?
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