Publication date: January 1, 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
Source: author for an honest review
England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for attempting to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.
Desperate, Henry turns to the only man ,he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.
As Palmer races to secure the throne for the King, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.
The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and a worthy follow-on to E.M. Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight.
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The opportunity to read and review the next book after The Fifth Knight, arose, and naturally, I jumped at it. The Blood of the Fifth Knight begins at King Henry II's public penance for the death of Thomas Becket. Benedict and Theodosia Palmer are living a quiet, hard-working life but they are happy together with their young son.
Of course, this hard but peaceful life won't last long, there are still agents of the Queen who want to put her on the throne and will stop at nothing to hurt Henry and anyone loyal to him. Benedict is called to figure out who is the threat to the king and he must leave his little family to do so. Of course, this will be the start of some very bad times for Benedict and Theodosia. They just can't seem to get a break.
I don't want to go into too much detail, because that might ruin the fun, but let me just say that E.M. Powell manages to come up with even more villainous villains and just-by-the-skin-of-their-teeth-escapes than the first book - which is saying something. I knew something was up with one of the characters, but she totally fooled me on two others.
This was another wild ride of a book -- there were several times especially towards the end of the book where I had to put it down, walk around the house a couple of times before I could pick the book up again. I enjoyed the intricacy of the plot against Henry even though it made me very anxious while reading. This was another fun, but nerve-wracking book. I think Powell might just hate Palmer and Theodosia, because they go through a lot. I doubt their story is finished yet and I will be anxious to find out what else is in store for them.
The Blood of the Fifth Knight would probably appeal to any historical fiction enthusiast, and especially those who like fast-paced, crazy-wild adventures and political intrigue.
E. M. Powell is the author of medieval thriller The Fifth Knight, which was a #1 Amazon Bestseller. Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State), she now lives in the northwest of England with her husband and daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society (HNS), International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America, as well as a reviewer of fiction and nonfiction for the HNS.
Her latest book is the historical mystery/thriller, THE BLOOD OF THE FIFTH KNIGHT.
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