Monday, July 20, 2015

Kingmaker: Broken Faith by Toby Clements

An enthralling adventure story, honest and powerful. The Wars of the Roses are imagined here with energy, with ferocity, with hunger to engage the reader." (Hilary Mantel). 

England: October, 1463. The great slaughter of the battle of Towton is two years past, but England is still not at peace. The Northern Parts of the land remain in the hands of the Lancastrian king, while in the south, the princes of the house of York prepare for war. Uneasy alliances are forged and just as quickly broken: a friend one day might be your enemy the next, and through this land, pursued by the Church and the Law, a young man, Thomas, and a young woman, Katherine, must make their way, bearing proof of a secret both sides would kill to learn. Bent on revenge for a past outrage, Thomas and Katherine must turn their backs on their friends and journey to the mighty castle of Bamburgh, there to join a weakened king as he marshals his army to take up arms in one of the most savage civil wars in history: the Wars of the Roses.

If you like books that grip you from the very start, that are fast-paced with fascinating characters, then this is the book for you. Beautifully written, with an exciting plot, this book kept me engaged on every page. Kingmaker: Broken Faith is Book 2, and follows Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims. Although the two books are supposed to stand alone, I regreted that I had not read book one first, because of the many references in the second book to the earlier story. So I recommend reading these books in order to get the benefit of the full tale. Toby Clements is definitely an author I intend to follow from hereafter. 

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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