Monday, 11 July 2011

HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: Sister Fidelma 22: Behold a Pale Horse - Peter Tremayne

Release Date: 07/07/11


The brilliant new novel by the internationally bestselling author of the Sister Fidelma mystery series. AD 664: Sister Fidelma finds herself in the seaport of Genua, en route from Rome back to her native Cashel. Her old teacher, Brother Ruadan, lies dying in the abbey of Bobium - an isolated abbey in a disturbed country where even the Christians are in bloody conflict with one another and the worship of the pagan gods often prevails. Fidelma is determined to see Brother Ruadan before he dies. But from the moment she enters the beautiful valley of the Trebbia, there is danger on every side. Her dying teacher's last words send her off on her most dangerous adventure where murder follows murder and a vicious civil war threatens before an extraordinary conspiracy is revealed. And from the start, Fidelma is on her own...


Whilst most of Peter’s work follow a strict timeline, this one is unusual as it goes back to continue the story from the lead character, Sister Fidelma’s journey to Rome in Shroud for the Archbishop (Book Two released in 1995.) Its creative, it has a great premise and of course it is impeccably researched to give the reader a real flavour of the timeline to which the character inhabits. It’s clever, it has some great prose and above all else it’s the overall arc alongside the creative use of the nature of man for the timeline that really will keep you fascinated.

Finally add to this a great character with a mystery that will intrigue the reader and it’s a worthy addition to this cracking series. Great stuff.

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