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About the Author
- ASIN : B07H18L7CH
- Publisher : Diversion Books (July 28, 2015)
- Publication date : July 28, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1901 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0312974779
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #187,339 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this book, I almost stopped reading it several times due to getting lost in the names and overabundance of unnecessary characters who don't have any real roles. I won't read the next one based on the comments from other readers who say it picks up at the end of Sanctuary. Lucy is not in this book, nor Bess and Tom Merchant who are likable and relatable characters. When Owen is back in York, I'll return.
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Storytelling is once more of a superb quality, all characters, whether they are real historical or great fictional, are very lifelike and believable, and they come all splendidly to life within this fantastic mystery of murder and mayhem, and the surroundings of St David and Cydweli in South-Wales, where this story is situated, come beautifully off the pages.
At the beginning of the book you'll find well-drawn maps of South-Wales, with places like St David and Cydweli, with surrounding areas and other places in the 14th Century, as well as a very informative Glossary.
At the back you'll notice an Author's Note with great historical details, and these are wonderfully documented and explained by the author.
The book is set in the Spring of the year AD 1370, and we find Owen Archer and the King's man (spy), Geoffrey Chaucer, in South-Wales to investigate rumours of treason within the household of the Steward, John Lascelles.
Also in their company are Owen's father-in-law, Sir Robert, and Brother Michaelo from York, both on pilgrimage to St David and other places in a bid to seek forgiveness for past sins.
What is to come is a very intriguing mediaeval mystery, in which Owen Archer and Geoffrey Chaucer are brought into a web of deceit within the household of John Lascelles, the Duke of Lancaster's Steward, and while investigating the betrayal to King Edward III within a tide of tension and murder, they will have to use their wits and cunning to answer the important questions that will reach them, ending with a very entertaining plot in which they will be able to solve this mystery of treachery and murder resulting in the catching of the culprit.
Very much recommended, for this is another superb addition to this great series, with a really nice touch being the reunion between Owen and his youngest brother, Morgan, and his wife, Elen, and the peace and rest for Lucie's father, Sir Robert, and not to forget the famous Welsh Bard, Dafydd ap Gwilym, and because of all these wonderful ingredients I like to call this episode: "A Very Intriguing Welsh Archer Outing"!
Most reviewers have found this book (number6 in the Owen Archer series) more difficult to follow than the previous books in the series. I agree!
I agree also that The welsh names are harder to remember, and the multiple storylines and settings are much harder to follow.
Being Scottish helped me to sound out the welsh names
There is a short guide of welsh pronunciation after the usual English mediaeval glossary.
It helps to know that the capital of wales is Cardiff but in welsh is spelled Caerdydd
It derives from the older Welsh form Caerdyf which is a combination of caer (fort) and dyf (a form of Taf as in the River Taff).
But in welsh the double dd at the end of a welsh name is pronounced like the th at the end of “teethe” - like when a baby cries when it is sprouting new teeth.
All the welsh names are like Icelandic where everyone is the son of daughter of someone and where “ap” is like “Mac” in Scots Gaelic, or like the “O” in Irish names.
However, contrary to several review comments, there are maps of both St David’s and Kidwelly at the start of the book in the Kindle version.
I found that I have enjoyed the story much more by, early on in the story, making a mind map of the characters and their backgrounds on a separate sheet of paper so that up I can keep track of them.
I normally read any book whether novel or factual, with Google earth open.
In fact for the first time I opened kindle and google earth simultaneously on split screen on my tablet.
Sometimes I widened the satellite image and evened opened street view to look at pictures of the ruined castles and abbeys..
Persevere, look up pictures of old costumes on the internet too - the difference between wealthy and poor is astonishing.
Readers who are enjoying Owen Archer series might also like the mediaeval detective stories by Pat MacIntosh, set in west of Scotland featuring Gilbert Cunningham. They feature a very similar set up for the hero, being like a coroners agent for the local Archbishop.
Similarly the crowner John series by Bernard Knight, set in EXETER in Devon in a similar period.
Don’t touch your face, or your face mask
Scotsman, from Glasgow, but who now lives in Devon😉
These novels all seem to include a note at the end - which would be fine if it just gave a little added historical background, but the author's notes treat the characters in her stories and the events in the characters' lives as if they were real. When she is talking about higher status characters who are based on real people about whom historical records give some detail, this makes sense, but the lines often seem to get blurred.