I knew Phil Rickman from his Merrily Watkins mystery series. However, this is a complete departure from his earlier work.
This incredibly we..Show More »ll researched piece of fiction casts the historical figure of Dr. John Dee as a slightly misanthropic, bookish man tasked with the impossible task of finding the bones of King Arthur.
The prose is really very beautiful. Rickman has cleverly addressed the issue of 'voice' and tone' in his 16th Century protagonist by adopting a blend of Elizabethan syntax and popular turns of phrase while still delivering an accessible and intimate narrative.
Like most of Rickman's novels, this one allows the story to straddle the grey zone between oddity and the the supernatural. It's so refreshing to read a writer who leaves his texts so open like this, when most fiction writers seem obsessed to tie every little mystery up.
If you like historical detective fiction, especially featuring real figures, and you like bit of a spine tingle, you'll enjoy this audiobook.
The narration by Seán Barrett is flawless. He does great regional accents, which added to the sense of place in the story.
While the story of a search for a scrying stone was of interest, the portrayal of Dee as a bungling, incompetent idiot made it extremely difficult to ..Show More »enjoy. Even the title is misleading -- while Dee was historically accused of heresy, the most that occurs are some references to this.