The reign of Richard II is troubled, the poor are about to become poorer still and landowners are lining their pockets. It’s a case of every man for himself, whatever his status or wealth.
But in a world where nothing can be taken at face value, who can you trust? The dour wool merchant? His impulsive son? The stepdaughter with the hypnotic eyes? Or the raven-haired widow clutching her necklace of bloodstones? And when people start dying unnatural deaths and the peasants decide it’s time to fight back, it’s all too easy to spy witchcraft at every turn.
This was a reasonably good historical fiction. The only problem I found was that I kept comparing it to The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. These two books are nothing alike but The Pillars of the Earth was so good that I can’t help but compare any historical fiction book I read to it. And I’ve found that nothing really compares to it.
I did find it a little too long for my liking. One thing I really did not like is that there is a mob scene about half way through this book. It involved lots of heads being removed from bodies and while it wasn’t that violent that is just the sort of thing I really don’t like and it scared me quite a lot. This book was okay, but not great. If you like historical fiction you would probably enjoy it, I hate saying this but its the sort of book you read while on holiday.
*I received a copy of this book from Headline in exchange for an honest review.