Rings of Passage: A time travel novel with Richard III Paperback – November 23, 2013
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About the Author
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (November 23, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 442 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1493600249
- ISBN-13 : 978-1493600243
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 1 x 7.81 inches
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4/5 STARS: **I want to thank the author and/or publisher for providing me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review; all opinions are mine.**
Richard III was popularly depicted as a crippled hunchback (through scoliosis I believe) as well as a tyrant whose behaviour and greed for the title of King lead to the doom of his nephews, the Princes in the Tower. Karla however offers an alternate portrayal of Richard III as a sensitive, caring, grieving brother and uncle, who also laments the loss of his beloved wife as well as his brother who was his best friend. His evil reputation and poor appearance are re-evaluated and you actually sympathise with the last Plantagenet. We all know that Henry VII did reign and his son, Henry VIII made decisions so far-reaching that their effects are felt today, especially with tax and ecclesiastical laws, that you begin to hope that Richard III does succeed! Then you wonder what else will change though? Is this good or bad? And so the intrigue continues.
************Possible mild spoiler alert************
I guessed the ending, or rather I should say it was the only ending I was happy with, and I hoped Karla would write it as she did, as the romantic side "had" to win. I kept wondering if Richard dies or survives? If so, how does he cope without being King? For this reason I was glad Karla did not go into more detail at the end, as I wouldn't like to see Richard's frustration, living without being King, in a different space.
It was thoroughly enjoyable and I put a whole Saturday aside to read this wonderful story in one go.
I give it a 3 star rating because the story itself was interesting.
Although the premise of the plot was beyond the realm of possibility, she had her historical facts down pat. So it was like a bonus history lesson about the life and times of King Richard III, a historical figure we've all had questions about.
If you enjoy time travel romance and don't mind having a wizard or two thrown in, give "Rings of Passage" a try.
You'll probably enjoy this story if you like historical romance and time travel. Even though there is romance in the story it isn't too explicit and the author doesn't describe every single detail, which was nice.
I found this a very easy and fast read.
Top reviews from other countries
It is certainly not a perfect book. The Middle English dialogue is, at times, unconvincing and stilted. Some of the material, particularly the fantasy elements, is almost puerile. I would also say it's a little long and could do with a few cuts.
But the concept is fine. It's a completely new and novel take on Richard III, and Miss Tipton carries it off rather well on the whole. If you are looking for undemanding, escapist fiction then by all means do try this.