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Not sure why, but I found I just couldn't get into this book. Perhaps it was the narrator, or the vignettes style of the piece, but I found it depressing and not particularly intriguing.
This book isn't boring. Some of the segments are better than others but overall if you enjoy historical mysteries the book is pretty good. You do need to pay attention to keep the segments separated in your mind though.
Going purely by the title, I was a bit doubtful about ordering this book at first, thinking it would be too full of blood and gore. How glad I am that I did. All the story lines are superb; the consistant high quality of the writing far outshines the first book in the trilogy; 'The Book of Lost Prophecies', which I found rather uneven in parts, although still enjoyable. There is blood and gore but not to excess, and the plotlines take precedence throughout. There are some strong female characters in many of the stories too, so I think female readers would enjoy this book also. I loved the sly twist at the end of the final story, which tweaked at the leitmotif of the preceeding tales.
The narrator is excellent; the stories are compelling; the whole book is excellent, and I'm glad I bought it.
"excellent all my favourite historical authors"
this is an excellent book ranking among the very best
this book compares well to Bernard knight and c j samsom series of books and includes some of their characters
all of them
murders by men not swords
I did find this book (and house of shadows) really difficult to get in to, they are quite well narrated and some of the stories are ok. But alot of the time it felt like a bit of a chore to listen too there seems to be alot of unnessary plot and characters. I would probably say I thourght this was slightly better than House of Shadows, but only in the same way that being stuck in a lift is slightly better than being stuck in lift with gaseous brussel sprout addict.
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