I was supposed to have had a review up for this already, however, I hadn’t yet finished the books. As such, I delayed the review but! Voila! I finisheI was supposed to have had a review up for this already, however, I hadn’t yet finished the books. As such, I delayed the review but! Voila! I finished and what a bloody good read it was.
“The inscriptions on our memories remain forever just as the stars seem to withdraw during daylight but emerge when the darkness returns.”
There are many such quotes in this book and I’ve got to say, it’s definitely stuck with me even after having finished the book. Everything about this has been engaging and kept me up all night in a rush to finish. I didn’t want to put it down. Victorian England is so rarely portrayed as well as the author has done it in this book. The plot is fantastic, the dialogue spot on, the characters are developed well enough that you both love and hate them at the same time. I find that’s a feat few authors can accomplish. So, bravo!
There was not a slow moment to be had, the pacing was perfect and I was pulled into the story entirely. I also liked how it was based on true events as well. Who knew that Queen Victoria’s life was in such utter danger by anti-monarchists? Thomas de Quincey and his daughter are certainly fascinating characters and their narratives were fantastic and engaging–something a book like this certainly needs.
Recommend: Yes. Highly! Do I own this?: Yes, a copy was provided for a fair and honest review....more
I have a tendency to pick up books in a series and to read them out of order. I think you guys have noticed that with me; that it’s a trend. However,I have a tendency to pick up books in a series and to read them out of order. I think you guys have noticed that with me; that it’s a trend. However, as with the other books, I usually get my bearings and figure out what’s going on from mentions or flashbacks. Fortunately, this book wasn’t too heavy on that. This was a brilliant book, really. The synopsis sums it up perfectly without giving anything away so I’m going to use this to tell you how impressed I was with the strength of the author’s writing. I’m always keen to read a book that is able to transport me back to the time and place where everything is happening. This was one of those books. But it went above and beyond that; I was totally taken in by the descriptions and emotions in the book.
The fear of being branded a witch? I felt that. The pain of a friend being murdered? Felt that too. His use of 17th century language was also brilliant and I had to look up a few things, I admit. That, to me, is a sign that the author has so deeply researched the subject about which they’re writing. I think you’d be doing yourself a disservice to miss this or any other of his books....more
I really wanted to enjoy this book. I went in optimistic but not even halfway through, I began to falter and I had to force myself to finish.
The writiI really wanted to enjoy this book. I went in optimistic but not even halfway through, I began to falter and I had to force myself to finish.
The writing to me was juvenile and lacked the finesse a Tudor/Elizabethan era novel should have. The characters were one dimensional and quite frankly, if the real Amy Dudley was as annoying as she is in the book, then I completely understand why Robert didn’t spend much time with her. She was given to tantrums and acting like a spoilt child rather than a wife of a courtier. She was spiteful and I spent most of the time wanting to slap her. I understand that she wanted more time with her husband, but that really wasn’t the way to accomplish that. The emphasis put on that it was a love match–Amy married rather high above her station–seemed ironic, since he couldn’t seem to tolerate being near her.
I confess, when reading she was dead, I breathed a sigh of relief. She was one of the most irritating characters I’ve ever had the misfortune of reading about. In other novels, she has been written in a more complimentary fashion and more true to the historical accounts of her. Why the author chose to turn her into such an intolerable git in this book, I’m still pondering. I would also like to know why the title of the book is “The Manner of Amy’s Death” when it focused mostly on her life and marriage. She fell (or was pushed) down a flight of stairs. There are many ways to make a story about Amy’s death.
This isn’t to say I’m Team Robert. I didn’t find his characteristics to be endearing either. The Tudor period of history is one of the most fascinating, I am really not sure how or why the author made it so blasé. It’s bad when I can say Edward and Bella Cullen have more dimension to them. By the end of this book, I felt like I did when I read “The Yellow Wallpaper”–I wondered why I wasted my time and like banging my head against the wall. Repeatedly.
I really wanted to enjoy this one as I said. Alas, I did not and I find it unlikely that I will ever find anything positive in it....more