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Reign of the Marionettes Paperback – December 19, 2016
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I loved Reign of the Marionettes. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it is definitely how I felt about the wonderful offering by author Sheena Macleod. The story is compelling, well-paced, and filled with historical details that make it seem as real as it possible can. Author Macleod has done a masterful job at creating realistic characters that her readers will relate to, connect with, and truly come to care about. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Any reader who enjoys historical fiction, a story with lots of intrigue, or just an excellent work of fiction in general should absolutely read this book. I am so pleased to be able to highly recommend Reign of the Marionettes and I look forward to reading more from author Sheena Macleod as soon as I possible can!
About the Author
Sheena Macleod lectured at the University of Dundee, where she gained her PhD. She now lives in a seaside town in Scotland. Reign of the Marionettes is her first novel.
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Told mostly through the eyes of Lady Elizabeth Herbert – a Catholic noblewoman who still remembers the persecutions her family had been subjected to due to their religion – the story concentrates around the plot concocted by the Protestant lords, who dream of removing all Catholics from the Parlament, including the King’s younger brother, James. Even though Elizabeth wants nothing else but to live her life and take care of her family, her husband unwittingly gets entangled in the dangerous plot, which might eventually lead to his execution. And in the times when even the high court refuses to be impartial, and the King himself is fearing another Civil War, is it possible for the truth to be revealed after all? Read this masterfully crafted story and you’ll find out.
I definitely want to applaud the author for her meticulous research and authentic language. After turning the very first page I felt immediately immersed into a world of old England and sometimes I had to hold my breath while watching the events unfold in front of my eyes. Beautifully written and full of intrigue this novel should be on every historical fiction lover’s to-read list. Five stars.