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King's Shadow Kindle Edition
“With Barbara Gaskell Denvil I know her research will be bang-on and her atmosphere entirely credible, right down to the smallest detail. Some of her scenes are so brilliantly realized that they’ve opened my eyes to realities I had never considered. Her feel for 15th-century London is so immersive that when you look up from the page it’s almost a shock to come back to the 21st century.”
Chill With A Book:
"A great read that transported the reader instantly into 15th century England. I felt I walked in the footsteps of the characters and lived their lives".
"London, the setting for this tale, is as much a character as are the people who populate the city and the story. We see it as it was back in the 1400s"
R D Gregory:
“A convincing theory of the political conflict between the Yorkists and Lancastrian leading to Richard III mixed with exciting action and torrid romance. At least as good as wolf hall.”
“The author's characters are fantastic, three-dimensional and likeable and the story is fast-moving and enthralling. Likewise the depiction of this time period is authentic and believable, conjuring up the sights, smells. tastes and sounds of the later fifteenth century.”
Hidden Gems Reviewer:
“It was captivating from the start, and I found it hard to take a break from reading. The storyline was intriguing and was definitely thought-provoking. The characters were complex and well developed.”
“This is a terrific book! As a lover of English history, I was totally engrossed with this story. Spies, treachery, poison, plots against England's throne and romance all combine into a thoroughly absorbing tale. I couldn't stop reading it!”
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About the Author
- File Size : 4935 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 598 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Australia (1 June 2014)
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1517437393
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00IGVH97C
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,214,206 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Of course the hero is the most charismatic and gripping of all, but that suits me fine. .
Tyballis runs away from an abusive marriage. She is drawn into a life of mystery with an elusive man who is never prepared to explain himself. But we travel with Tyballis as she gains confidence and learns who she can be, just like any woman who has all the stuffing knocked out of her after an abusive relationship.
The plot is multi-layered and apart from the excellent characterisation, the adventure is fast paced and full of mystery. Then there’s the history. This is set against some of the most interesting events in the late medieval as Richard III is about to become king. That medieval background comes alive too. I felt as if I was walking the lanes and waiting for the next bit of news or rumour to break through.
I recommend this book. The writing is excellent and the atmosphere is strong, plus all the characters are amazing. I couldn’t put it down and for me that’s the ultimate test.
I finished it days ago but I’m still thinking about it.
Reading this book has us both reading Annette Carson's 'The Maligned King' which Barbara mention's in her Author's Note & Acknowledgements. Not very many Historical Novels elicit that kind of response. Richard the Third and his times are fascinating, This is a period where the Tudor victors seem to have rewritten history and it is nice to see this reflected in Barbara's book. I like books also to give some details of main Historical Character's - thank you.
'The King's Shadow' seems to have left us expecting a sequel.
Of course many of Barbara's books do that. Her characters becoming friends, involving us in their lives. Our first book was 'Fair Weather' We both feel it her best and hope she will one day write to tell us just where life took Vespasian and Molly. This book was first published only as an online book. Now it seems unavailable. How I would like it and 'Satin Cinnabar' to be published as a hard copy.
The writer brings medieval London and her characters to life, which draws you in and I was unable to put it down until the very last page. With it's twists and turns I couldn't help myself.
This book is certainly not just for women, although I can see why it also appeals to them. I have already recommended it to a few friends and I highly recommend, to anyone who has come this far, that it will be worth taking the next step and reading one of the best book I've come across in a very long time.
The descriptions of old London, the clothing, the food - it makes you feel like you are actually there.
This historical novel will keep you awake as you will struggle to put it down!
Top reviews from other countries
There is a glaring anachronism in the author's constant use of the title Mister for ordinary ie non-titled men. Mister did not come into use until centuries later. She may as well have given the characters mobile phones! Master is the title that would have been used. Sorry but it really annoyed me a lot.
There is an over-emphasis on grime and lack of sanitation. I don't expect history to be glossed over, and certainly some novels fail to mention this at all (although with the Cadfael novels I thought it was better that this was not mentioned). Sharon Penman doesn't go out of her way to mention dirt, lice etc, and Kate Sedley in her Roger the Chapman novels mentions it a lot less than Barbara Gaskell Denvil does.
Lastly, it's rather off-putting how scenes run straight into each other with no new paragraph. This is something I was taught to do writing stories in primary school! It makes the story a bit muddled. I am shocked that the proof-reader failed to pick this up and the publisher sent it through like this.
I tried to contact the author through her website page, but the contact form doesn't work, and I don't use Facebook, although I know some people seem to think you are clinically insane if you don't nowadays!