• The Nectar of Angels

  • The Arrowsmith Saga, Book 1
  • By: Dane St. John
  • Narrated by: R. D. Watson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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The Nectar of Angels

By: Dane St. John
Narrated by: R. D. Watson
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Publisher's summary

In the chaos of 14th-century England and France, wine is the nectar of angels - a valuable commodity buttressing kingdoms and vaulting vast fortunes. A mysterious old archer named David Arrowsmith recounts his tale to an eager French chronicler, Jean Créton, when the latter learns that his mission to Scotland seems a failure. The burden of Arrowsmith's story rests with Créton, who suddenly finds himself writing about a seemingly cursed infant that barely escapes the grip of the Black Death in rural Wales when his family dies.

Except for a single clue on a note attached to an arrow, Jacques and his wife Sophie do not know the identity of the boy's parents when they decide to adopt him. Taken to Bordeaux, the child they name David becomes caught up in a series of events that exposes the corruption of the wine trade, and soon reveals him to be an unmatchable and ambidextrous archer. Banished from Bordeaux after attempting to protect Jacques from a conniving enemy named Pierre Juneau, David flees to England, where he becomes apprenticed to the likeable Richard Lampley in London, and grows to adore the exquisite Eleanor, a peasant girl with her own ambitions. Soon, David is unwittingly flung to Oxford University after a heartrending run-in with a doomed priest sent as a spy to the Avignon papacy, and is ultimately protected by a brilliant scholar named John Wycliffe as renewed conflict between England and France looms, and the Hundred Years’ War threatens his new life as a merchant and scholar.

©2007 Dane St. John (P)2013 Cherry Hill Publishing

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Morose reading dulls a good story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If I was reading this book myself I might recommend it to a friend who enjoys historical fiction. I would not recommend the audible version.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the historical descriptions of life in these times, especially in the wine trade. I also enjoyed the references to early Oxford University and events that preceded sweeping changes in the Church.

What didn’t you like about R. D. Watson’s performance?

Watson used a very low voice, with a tone that seemed both urgent and suggestive of doom throughout the whole story. I found it very distracting. He also seemed to have great difficulty jumping from one character to the next, especially where diverse accents were involved making it confusing to recognize who was supposed to be speaking. A different reader could have made a great difference to the overall experience.

Any additional comments?

It was difficult to stick with this story, due to Watson's performance. Also, not sure where the Nectar of Angels came into this story. Perhaps the wine?

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