October, 1462: Lady Margaret Cornford has been banished from her castle for the murder of a young woman. What no one knows is that she is also Sister Katherine and has been sent back to the Priory. Having lost his memories, Brother Thomas returns to the one place he knows to remind him of his life before. Reunited with Katherine, he discovers that the man he thought was dead, his mortal enemy, Charles Riven, is still alive. Hell bent on revenge, the pair resolve to find and kill Riven once and for all. Their quest takes them across the land to Bamburgh Castle, where they join bloody battle in one of the most savage civil wars in history: the Wars of the Roses
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"Toby Clements is an exceptionally good writer. His debut was a tour de force. His second novel outdoes that, bringing new depth to his characters, and continuing his vivid, blood-soaked insight into the real, grim, ghastly, and occasionally glorious human cost of the Wars of the Roses. This is history in the raw: powerful, potent stuff, always real, but always gloriously unpredictable. This is a gem of a book, one of my must-reads for this year."
Manda Scott||"The book glides along effortlessly, it's a simple excellent love story, bursting with action, intrigue and history. a real contender for book of the year."
Parmenion Books||"It's raw and heart-rending. A searing narrative that will definitely stay with you after you've closed the book."
Fantasy Smorgasboard||"This is a wonderful series - violent, bloody, squirm-inducing and bleak. History and fiction mix so well in this series, bringing to life the period"
For Winter Nights blog||"This is cold, well hard but riveting historical fiction."
Sunday Sport||"Searingly good ... Immersive historical fiction at its best"
Sunday Times||"This is a miserable, vicious world, vividly recreated by Clements. Immersive historical fiction at its best."
The Times||"If you like books that grip you from the very start, that are fast-paced with fascinating characters, then this is the book for you. Beautifully written, with an exciting plot, this book kept me engaged on every page"
Historical Novel Review||"This is a wonderful series - violent, bloody, squirm-inducing and bleak. What saves it from sinking us into the despair of the times is Thomas and Katherine, both of whom are very easy to care for.History and fiction mix so well in this series, bringing to life a period that I am so happy to read about very relieved I don't have to live through. I look forward to book three very much indeed!"
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