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The King's Retribution: Book Two of The Plantagenet Legacy Kindle Edition
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They had demanded pardons, and he had given them for there had been no other choice. But things were different now. The son of Edward, The Black Prince, would see justice served. Richard II would have his revenge, and there was nothing anyone could do to stop it.
At least, Richard II had thought there was no one to stand in his way. But the Wheel of Fortune was forever turning, and fate was not done with Richard yet...
From the death of Queen Anne to the utter despair of a vanquished king, The King's Retribution: Book Two of The Plantagenet Legacy by Mercedes Rochelle is the story of the tyranny of Richard II and his subsequent fall from grace...
As Richard loses control over his country and his own destiny, Rochelle presents her readers with a despairing king. Richard's desperate attempts to hold onto his honour and dignity despite Henry's efforts to humiliate him was masterfully drawn. One could only feel sympathy for this dejected King as he is betrayed by almost everyone around him. And yet, with quiet dignity, Richard endures the hecklers on the streets as he is ushered into a world of uncertainty and despair.
Rochelle presents two very different sides to Richard -- the paranoid statesman whose own personal bodyguard, the Chester Archers, causes disquiet and concern, but also Rochelle depicts a devoted husband. I thought Rochelle's depiction of Richard II was utterly sublime, and his desperation really drove this story forward and made it unputdownable.
The King's Retribution: Book Two of The Plantagenet Legacy is a richly detailed and emotionally-charged tale. There is a strong sense of time and place in Rochelle's writing and an authenticity to the historical detail. The hours of research that has so obviously gone into this book is staggering, but the end result is a novel that is as enthralling as it is poignantly beautiful.
If you are looking for a new historical series about a king who unfortunately has been much maligned by history, then look no further than The Plantagenet Legacy by Mercedes Rochelle.
I Highly Recommend. - Mary Anne Yarde, The Coffee Pot Book Club
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- Publication Date : April 1, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 297 pages
- ASIN : B085ZGL7SK
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
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I really enjoyed this book – as I had the previous volume. Public knowledge of Richard II does not extend much beyond the heroic actions of a 9-year-old boy quelling the riots on London to his ignominious death at Pontefract. Ms Rochelle goes a long way to filling in those gaps whilst presenting Richard in a very human way. Also, she thoughtfully provides a list of the major characters as the earldoms did seem to change hands rather a lot in those days.
As the book ends with the promise of the storm that was Richard's cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, I feel that Book 3 is going to be a corker and I look forward to its completion in due course.
Meanwhile, I heartily recommend this to those who love historical fiction at its best.
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The story line flows smoothly and immerses the reader into King Richard's court. The author does an excellent job in writing all of the secondary cast of characters and court factions as well as delving into the personalities of each character. The motivations and theories put worth for events are well researched and plausible.
Mercedes Rochelle writes the characters so superbly, as with the main character King Richard, that at any given moment I would feel sorry for the King with the betrayals etc. that he faced and then in the next moment not have much sympathy for him and what he brought onto himself with his own betrayals and bad judgement. One can see how Richard was molded into the king and man he became due to circumstances and events that happened to him in his life.
I am looking forward to book three and seeing the story reach its conclusion.
I really enjoyed this story. The author has a flair for research and taking in the dry, dusty facts from hundreds of years ago and bringing those withered bones back to life! The ancients really do reanimate by the author’s pen.
The scene setting is wonderful, Mercedes offers many bits of information from the time period, such as food, furnishings and clothing that contribute much to the story.
The political intrigue and backroom dealings make this such a fascinating story. People have not changed hardly at all. Then, as now, everyone is looking out for themselves, even while professing love and faithfulness. It really is lonely at the top.
Mercedes used a little bit of the vernacular of the time and it gave a nice texture. I like interesting and unusual words.
I award a score of 4.9 stars to “The King’s Retribution”! The score would have been higher except for a few spelling errors. The author assures me the errors have been fixed.
Rochelle's strength is her research and world-building. If there was a moral here, it is that power can poison and no dynasty is safe from the paranoia therein. Realistic, tragic, and at times poignant, the Medieval period is presented colorfully and with heart. Rochelle is a teacher in an author's guise, leading the reader through a period of English history that is not written about as much. Kudos to her for doing so!
Richard tries hard to be a good king. However, his uncles feel they know better than Richard how the kingdom should be run. So, they do their best to thwart Richard at every turn.
Richard feels much maligned by his uncles and wants revenge.
Unfortunately, Richard's plans fall astray, and he loses his crown.
But, does the crown stay lost?