- File Size: 1787 KB
- Print Length: 301 pages
- Publisher: Rosemary Tree Press (May 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072BS2JJS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In the event, I was wrong. Very wrong. Babylon’s Downfall is a heart-breaking must-read, so impossible to put down I read it in one (long) sitting. As always, Ms Logue delivers a historical setting so vivid it’s as if I’m standing in it, side by side with Colonel Hollie Babbitt and his troop of Parliamentarian soldiers. Foodstuffs, furnishing and clothes – Ms Logue adds these details elegantly, inserting them into the complex background of political manoeuvring that was the English Civil War.
It is, however, her characters that are the true delight in this series. Other than Hollie – a veteran of the Thirty Years’ War, and substantially scarred not only by this but by his rather terrifying childhood – we have Lucifer Petitt, Hollie’s best friend and coronet, the terribly damaged Thankful Russell, the fierce and undersized Trooper Grey, a rather wonderfully portrayed Thomas Fairfax and a couple of not so wonderful overzealous officers.
Babylon’s Downfall marches inexorably towards the disaster that was the battle of Marston Moor. Hollie and his men fight and win, fight and lose, fight and win – except that winning is a relative term when it comes at the price of lost comrades. It is, however, not the story of Marston Moor that is central to this book: no, the truly harrowing part is Hollie’s inadvertent betrayal of the young and very scarred Russell, who as a consequence ends up utterly humiliated and further decorated with even more scars. At times, these chapters were close to unbearable to read – MS Logue flays the reader just as she flays poor Russell.
Ms Logue has a very distinctive writing style, and I suppose either you like it or you don’t. I love it. I love how she makes me snort with laughter at the same time as my eyes fill with tears. I love it how she’s created characters that are so real to me it always comes as a major disappointment to read the Historical Note and be reminded that Hollie, Luce, Russell et al didn’t exist. I love it how she doesn’t shy away from the darker sides of the human existence while still offering her characters (and readers) the hope that most of us are good – or try to be.
In conclusion, Babylon’s Downfall was anything but redundant. Just as I suspected, it left me emotionally exhausted and eagerly awaiting the next book by this talented author!