The Blood of The Fifth Knight
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...more
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 ...more
Their lives are interrupted when King Henry II requests Sir Ben ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
The Blood of the Fifth Knight takes place several years late ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
As for The Blood of the Fifth Knight, I absolutely loved reading this novel. I do love a good my ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Her new Stanton & Barling medieval murder mystery series starts with THE KING’S JUSTICE, which is due for release on June 1 2018.
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 ...more