Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Reader's Opinion: "The Blood of the Fifth Knight" by E.M. Powell

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“Powell does a masterful job. Highly recommended.” 
-Historical Novels Review
The Book
England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for attempting to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.

Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.

As Palmer races to secure the throne for the King, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.
 
The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and a worthy follow-on to E.M. Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight.

Publication Date: January 1, 2015
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 368p
Genre: Historical Thriller 

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A Reader's Opinion

I did not know Benedict and Theodosia for long before I was drawn into their story. Both characters are beautifully written; one cannot help but feel their devotion to one another. The book is basically two stories that end up woven together in the end; one of Benedict and one of Theodosia. I did find Benedict's story a tad more fascinating, but don't discount his beloved wife. I adore Benedict with his strong heart, sense of valor, his courage, and goodness.

I loved the history that was meticulously woven into the fiction aspects of the story. The setting is wonderful, and I truly felt as though I was in England during a time of great hardship on one end and unnecessary opulence on the other. The main villain is superb, and though you hate him, you can't help but appreciate how well he was constructed.

I have not yet read The Fifth Knight, so I can't say how this book is compared to the first. I did have to catch up with the numerous characters, but once I did, I settled in and enjoyed the story.

The book is filled with twists, turns, and surprises, and an ending that I'll admit caught me off guard. A great book for historical fiction lovers.  
 

Meet the Author 
E.M. Powell is the author of medieval thriller THE FIFTH KNIGHT which was a #1 Amazon Bestseller. Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State) she now lives in the north west of England with her husband and daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She is a reviewer of fiction and non-fiction for the HNS. Find out more by visiting www.empowell.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

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