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The Blood of The Fifth Knight

(The Fifth Knight #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,380 ratings  ·  87 reviews

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 Benedi

Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
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Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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It's been almost a year since I read E.M. Powell's The Fifth Knight, but her follow-up novel took me right back. From the first page, it was as if not a day had passed since I was introduced to Benedict Palmer and Theodosia and I was very impressed with how easily the author managed to continue their story.

Like its predecessor, Blood of the Fifth Knight struck me for Powell's ability to create dramatic tension around an eve
Marsha Lambert
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.” The Blood of the Fifth Knight continues the adventures of Sir Benedict Palmer and his wife, Theodosia. Beginning a few years later from when Powell's first book, The Fifth Knight ended, Sir Benedict and Theodosia are struggling to survive in a world that is at times difficult for them but since they have each other they are content.

Their lives are interrupted when King Henry II requests Sir Ben
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this story. It has been quite some time since I had not read such a medieval masterpiece full of crimes, mystery, intrigues, and judgements against witch hunts...All in all, a very well written and beautiful masterpiece.

This is my review and personal trip to the court of Henry II in one of my favorite historical periods. Unfortunately, although I would love to write about all I read, I won’t because I can’t share with you the conclusion of
Tom Walsh
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Do Not Go Gently Into That Goodnight, Knight
Henry II has grown to be a pathetic leader and family man! He was responsible for the murder of the beloved Thomas Becket. Now, Henry II must do public penance, or face the wrath of his kingdom for the dreadful act. Henry’s marriage to Queen Eleanor has fallen to shreds. She hates him both for his infidelities as well as his reluctance to accept her sons as heirs to the throne of Britain. Eleanor, who
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed The Fifth Knight, i was delighted to receive an advance copy of E.M. Powell's second book about Sir Benedict and Theodosia in exchange for an honest review.
This book picks up where the first one finished, with King Henry II paying public penance for the murder of Thomas Becket. In, what i felt was, a positive development from the first book, The Blood of the Fifth Knight follows the separate stories of the two main protagonists, Sir Benedict and Theodosia, afte
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh what a knight... Sir Benedict Palmer.

Having not read the previous book, The Fifth Knight, I was a little apprehensive starting this one, but my concerns were unnecessary. It's probably better to read The Fifth Knight first, but not necessary - this book will stand alone. (I do however plan to go back and read the first book for 2 reasons - this one was fantastic, and I want to read the backstory of Benedict and Theodosia).

This is an intricate, well planned out novel. The writer did her resear
Wayne Turmel
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A worthy follow up

Second books in a series are tricky, but Powell does a fine job. The story is a good followup to the Fifth Knight. Some of the secondary characters don't quite hold up but those are minor quibbles in an exciting, well told story.
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.
EM Powell's "The Blood of the Fifth Knight" is more than just a great book; it's an adrenaline rush.

In this sequel to "The Fifth Knight," we meet again the first book's heroes, Sir Benedict Palmer and Theodosia. The happy couple has begun a family and settled into a quiet farming life when they, along with many others, venture to Canterbury to witness King Henry II's public penance for the murder o
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is the sequel to The Fifth Knight. In that book, impoverished Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to one final, lucrative job, helping King Henry II’s knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. But what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold-blooded murder to which Palmer is witness. The rest of the book has Palmer on the run with the other witness, Theodosia, a young woman of the local religious order.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight takes place several years late
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Blood of the Fifth Knight by E.M. Powell is definitely my favorite read of the year so far. I know it’s early in the year, but I have a feeling it will remain a front runner, because it was truly a fantastic read. The book held me from beginning until end, and I was completely lost in the lives of Sir Benedict Palmer, his wife Theodosia, and King Henry II life and court. The author definitely has a knack when it comes to making the words on a page come to life for the reader, and making ever ...more
Dianne Ascroft
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was delighted to receive an advance copy of The Blood of the Fifth Knight in exchange for an honest review of the book. Since I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, The Fifth Knight, I was eager to step into the lives of Benedict and Theodosia once again.
Like the first novel, this book is a fast paced historical thriller. It picks up the Palmers’ story several years after the close of the first novel with a convincing plot and lots of action. Reading about leopard attacks, prepar
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I like medieval stories well enough, but when I'd hit the halfway mark in The Blood of The Fifth Knight is was already waiting for it to end.

In this sequel to The Fifth Knight (which I hadn't read) sir Benedict Palmer is called to King Henry II once again to save the day (and his precious mistress). Who exactly is playing the game of thrones?

It started quite interesting, even though I hadn't read the first book, but after some
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
First, I’d like to say that this stories setting and time is one of my favorites in English history. A year ago when The Fifth Knight came out, I was truly impressed with the book and the author’s writing style, her grasp of England’s medieval history and culture had me thoroughly engrossed. Not only that, her characters were wonderfully written, so intriguing and I was engrossed with the characters plights. What an adventure! Waiting a year for the next installment of this story was extremely t ...more
Jasher Drake
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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E.M Powell is probably one of my favourite writers of all time. When reading her books, you don't feel like you are just reading about the story, you feel like you're part of the story. When reading The Blood of the Fifth Knight, I felt part of the world, I could see everything that was happening, could hear everything that was said and sometimes could even smell or taste what the characters were experiencing. The Blood of the Fifth Knight is a non-stop, action packed, adrenaline-filled thrill r ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this book for free on This book is the sequel to the book "The Fifth Knight", but can stand alone with only a few questions that get answered as you read this book. As a historical fiction book, this book does have quite a few people in it that really lived in the 1170s. The storyline was very well done and flows very well. The fictional characters fit in wonderfully with the real people. Again, this book is very well done and I enjoyed reading it. I think that anyone who lo ...more
my initial feeling on having finished this book was that I couldnt read it again -- the level of brutality was just too much to bear at times. But it deserved a second read and although the brutality was no less horrendous, I was more prepared for it this time. And let's face it -this was a brutal time.

This was a complex story, with two main threads to follow, but the author wove them together with real skill and although there had to have been an incredible amount of research , this book didnt
Erin Al-Mehairi
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve recently read The Blood of the Fifth Knight, which is the sequel to The Fifth Knight, a historical mystery thriller set in the times of Henry II and written by E.M. Powell. Though the sleuth is the same in both books, you can be assured that you can read the sequel as a stand alone as well, though the first book was quite excellent and would provide further background information you might enjoy.

As for The Blood of the Fifth Knight, I absolutely loved reading this novel. I do love a good my
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads FirstReads program.

This is the second book in a series about a knight involved in the death of St. Thomas Becket and his family in the time of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitane. The first book seems to have detailed quite a story and a different turn on the story of King Henry's ordering the death of the saint. We pick up here a few years later with Henry making his public penance for his role. The relevant details needed about characters from the fir
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not read the first book so who was who was a bit of a catch up. Novelists can add characters and E.M Powell did so, in an interesting fashion. After I bumped my head on who Theodosia was, and was she actually a daughter of Henry II ( I copiously read about this family), I went on and enjoyed it.

"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." Cross genre actually, and energetic an
4,5 stars

I haven’t read the first book and while this works as stand-alone, I wish I had read the previous book. I think there’s lot more to Benedict and Theodosia’s tale than we learn here.

While Henry’s relationship with Rosamund isn’t new to me it was still interesting to read. For me Rosamund’s portrayal was nice change from what I’ve usually read about her. Which is logical considering that Henry was quite older than she… Geoffrey was also very interesting because most times he’s very minor
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to E.M. Powell for an autographed advanced edition of The Blood of the Fifth Knight. I have devoured the pages and hope for plans of continuing E.M. Powell's medieval murder mystery series from Thomas & Mercer Publishers.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight is a fast-paced ride through Sir Benedict Palmer's world as he struggles to protect his precious family and avenge the deaths of innocents. The plot to overtake the throne from King Henry II has trapped Theodosa within the slippery grasp
Alissa McCarthy
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
The sequel to The Fifth Knight, I downloaded it from Audible as part of the set. I am a fan of the historical thriller, but frankly I set the narration speed to 2x toward the end of this one. It felt a forgone conclusion that the main characters would ultimately survive, but the scenes where they were in peril were too many and far too long. It also took some serious liberties with the historical facts (such as they are known) and I think that too may have tarnished my view of the book. The firs ...more
Susan Crowe
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great historic fiction story.
Pogo Dragon
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book by this author I've read in relatively quick succession. Two in this series and one in a series that follows on from it (I started with the 'later' book, but never mind that)

I am loving them. The world that the characters inhabit, the way that they're drawn, the obvious learning behind the books are all great. I rarely read historical novels because any minor anachronism that I notice tends to kick me out of the book too hard to re-capture it.

I don't know if it's that I d
Andrew Doohan
Another wonderful yarn featuring Sir Benedict Palmer, the Fifth Knight, and his wife, Theodosia. Picking up, more or less, from the previous volume, this story sees King Henry of England continuing to face danger to his throne, from within and without, and into which Benedict and Theodosia are unwillingly drawn,

I have to confess to wondering where things were going about halfway through the novel - which is probably a good sign - but wanting to know meant that I continued on until the 'missing t
Di Worley
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the follow up to The Fifth Knight. I very much enjoy historical fiction, particularly when, as in this case, it is not only very well researched, but is a page turning, nail biter of a rollicking adventure. The midnight oil was certainly burnt as I found it difficult to put down.

The story has numerous levels, giving the reader a feel for the grinding poverty, not being able to freely express your opinion to your lord and both the religious and great superstitions and fear o
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Less satisfying than the previous book

I started these books in the wrong order. Before this series I read The King's Justice which made me curious about Stanton's back story. He first appears in this book, possibly starting as an even less likable character than he does in The King's Justice. I think the cycle of growth and fall and re-growth of his character is interesting but there was something about this book that I just found boring. It was also entirely predictable whereas the others have
Cindy Woods
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creative plot

This story is, again, filled with historical events of King Henry II's tumultuous reign in the late 12th century England.

The knight, Sir Benedict Palmer is, once more in service to the king..... This time to investigate the attempts in the king's mistress's life. The story flashes back at times and the plot is split between the knight's investigation and his family left at home.

The use of famous historical persons as characters in this suspense-filled drama is well done creating a v
Darcey Tomasino
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good historical mystery/thriller

Although I have enjoyed the series, I'm puzzled by Rosamunde's character. I started this series after reading the Stanton and Barling series because I was curious about Hugo's hatred for the king. This book did not shed any light. I was under the impression that Rosamunde's character would be likable, the king dastardly. Not so much. If anything, I now dislike Hugo. Anyway, that's just my convoluted impression.

Palmer and Theodosia are good, strong characters, and
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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 northwes

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“Forget knighthood, kingdoms, battles. The murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, the murder that Henry now did penance for. The murder that he, Sir Benedict Palmer, had been present at. What mattered now was to keep his family safe.” 0 likes
“Henry picked up the empty vial and carefully poured the saint’s blood back in. He would keep it as a blessing and a protection in a lace of holiness. With such a guardian in the heavens, his enemies would never have a chance to hurt him again. He would be safe from every harm, as would all those whom he loved.” 0 likes
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