Wednesday, 26 August 2015

HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: The King's Assassin - Angus Donald

Release Date: 18/06/15
Publisher:  Sphere


AD 1215: The year of Magna Carta - and Robin Hood's greatest battle

The yoke of tyranny
King John is scheming to reclaim his ancestral lands in Europe, raising the money for new armies by bleeding dry peasants and nobles alike, not least the Earl of Locksley - the former outlaw Robin Hood - and his loyal man Sir Alan Dale.

The call to arms
As rebellion brews across the country and Robin Hood and his men are dragged into the war against the French in Flanders, a plan is hatched that will bring the former outlaws and their families to the brink of catastrophe - a plan to kill the King.

The roar of revolution
England explodes into bloody civil war and Alan and Robin must decide who to trust - and who to slaughter. And while Magna Carta might be the answer their prayers for peace, first they will have to force the King to submit to the will of his people . . .


Robin Hood has always been a rich ground for writers and whilst many have taken to keeping it in a simple vein, Angus brings a modern telling to the fore with a cracking principle character reliving his life in note book form. Its definitely something quirky and for me a series that I eagerly await each successive part to as I love to see what he has in store for the next outing.

All round, when you add top notch prose, good action sequences and a supporting cast that you care about all round makes this a series you can’t put down. Magic.

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