- File Size: 2062 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing (November 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NCA5QE2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,288,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Second Blast of the Trumpet (The Knox Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The strength of the story lies in its intriguing characters. Elisabeth Hepburn’s tale is still intertwined in the narrative, but in this book, Knox comes to the forefront. Macpherson gives the reader more than just the misogynistic, blustering radical the reader knows from the history books; instead, the reader is given a fleshed out and complex character. Knox is a relatable character: a husband, a father, and above all a flawed but fascinating and driven man.
Macpherson has done an impeccable job of taking the reader across Northern Europe in the 1550s as the religious and political upheaval continues to grow. The read is remarkably entertaining, entirely owed to the author’s compelling writing style. The Second Blast of the Trumpet is a gripping, memorable read and sets the stage for the final installment in the series.
Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction, particularly fans of Scottish history, the Reformation, and John Knox; recommended this series is read in order
The book covers the period 1549 to 1559. It starts with John Knox finally being freed from his miserable existence as a galley slave, and as eager as ever to return home to spread the word of God as he sees it. It continues the story begun in Ms Macpherson’s first book, The First Blast of the Trumpet, and for the sake of clarity—and enjoyment—I recommend reading them in order.
Had this book been only about John Knox’s efforts to promote his religious doctrine, it could quickly have become boring. Luckily, there is an unfolding romance within, with Knox being struck with Cupid’s arrow the first time he claps eyes on little Marjory Bowes. Not that Marjory reciprocates his feelings – not initially – but over the years she develops a special fondness for this bearded and passionate man. As does Marjory’s mother. Ms Macpherson handles the resulting tensions with aplomb and a certain tongue-in-cheek, resulting in a very colourful Mrs Bowes.
Ms Macpherson is an accomplished writer. The prose is fluid, the historical details elegantly inserted, the descriptions vivid. All in all, this is an engaging read, my only quibble being the rather abrupt ending. I am looking forward to reading the next instalment in the Knox Saga!
" I suspect what Ms Macpherson does not know about Knox would fit on the back of a stamp, and as a consequence, this is a book that heaves with life"