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A Game of Sorrows: Alexander Seaton 2 Paperback – 1 January 2011
'A substantial story, well researched, never slackening pace' Scotsman.--Scotsman
'Combines the ironclad plotting of Sansom with the artful recreation of Mantel' Independent.--Independent
'MacLean has the first-rate historical novelist's gift... communicates her passion for the period without downplaying its brutishness' Daily Telegraph.--Daily Telegraph
- Publisher : Quercus; 1st edition (1 January 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1849162441
- ISBN-13 : 978-1849162449
- Dimensions : 13.21 x 2.9 x 19.81 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 339,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As always, the research is excellent, as is the sense of place. But I will stick with the Seeker series.
Thus, I never got to know and understand the many characters in this book as much as the smaller group of people featured in the first book. And whereas the first book had me totally engrossed almost from Page 1, this second book seemed to take a lot longer to really get going - though in the end it was still a worthwhile read. There is an interesting plot line (if you can keep up with all the different characters) and, despite its complexity, it does illuminate a fascinating period of Irish history of which I had very little knowledge. That brooding sense of menace which was so well conveyed in the first book doesn't really materialise in this sequel, although there is an eloquent, gradually increasing sense of sadness as the book progresses to a far from happy ending.
To summarise: A slightly disappointing sequel to an excellent debut novel, but nonetheless a distinct cut above much of the dross being turned out in this genre at the moment. I'll certainly be looking out for the third book in the series.