Toby Clement's third epic historical audiobook set during England's bloody and brutal War of the Roses. If you liked Conn Iggulden's Stormbird, you will love Toby Clements' Kingmaker novels.
Lent, 1469. The recent wars between the House of York and the House of Lancaster seem over. The Yorkist King Edward sits on his throne in Westminster while the Lancastrian claimants are in exile or under lock and key in the Tower. But within the family of York, there is discord.
The Earl of Warwick conspires against his king, and while to one another's faces they are all smiles, their household men speak in lies and whispers. No man comes to court unarmed. Thomas and Katherine have returned to Marton Hall, the only home they know.
But what lies buried in the past cannot remain so for long, and soon they are forced to take up arms once more in one of the most savage wars in history. The War of the Roses....
©2015 Toby Clements (P)2016 Bolinda
The first two books were excellent, five stars. This book, however, is not. The happenstance is getting a bit predictable and wearing. Kit winges too much and is unbearably pious. Rufus is irritating and does not add to the story. The battles are skipped over but the most ridiculous moment is King Edward helping deliver a baby. Finally, the word "within", as opposed to using the word "inside", is monstrously overused.
I finished this book through loyalty and hope it would improve.
The first two were entertaining, but this time I could not quite suspend my critical faculties. Firstly, I'm afraid to say, I did not believe in the 'the Ledger's' significance, which rather pulled the rug for me. And i got the impression that too many transparent devices were used to get Thomas to the action of the moment and to a showdown with the too vile and disgustingly ugly sadistic villan.
It also seemed too unlikely that our poor folk were hobnobbing around with major figures of the time. Throughout I wasn't convinced with King Edward's character, especially when he is taken into Warwick's power and is to be found in high spirits... instead of being indignant he is trolling happily off hunting with our working class hero as his mascot. In my eyes this made him seem a bit childish. Sorry Toby, good luck, but i'll leave it here.
Yet again, Jack Hawkins brings the next Kingmaker book to life. He is brilliant. "Divided Souls" is just wonderful. The characters are developing and growing, along with all the intrigues of the English kingdom. An added extra is Catherine's growing expertise as a healer and surgeon-these scenes are amazing. I feel enriched by having listened to these wonderful stories. Please hurry up and write book 4, Toby Clements!!
Thoroughly recommend the series so far, can't wait for book 4
Jack has a slow deliberate voice that teases the listener and adds to the natural suspense of the plot. He makes the characters natural without too many accents and thankfully no comical voices.
If only I could !
Toby is a natural story teller. The high level historical stuff is a backdrop to a very enjoyable tale about people but where Toby really goes the extra mile is making you feel what life must have been like for ordinary people, so many books concentrate on nobility. Granted some of the scenes are a little unrealistic and the surgical descriptions are not for the fainthearted but they fit the plot superbly and enhance the rich portrait of the time. Many thanks Toby, lets have the next one ASAP
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.