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Lords of Misrule

(Roundheads and Cavaliers #4)

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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Fourth book in the Roundheads and Cavaliers series: Eden Maxwell's story

Still tied to his desk in the Intelligence Office, Colonel Eden Maxwell has become increasingly disenchanted with both Oliver Cromwell and his own daily existence; and with the advent of new Royalist conspiracies, he despairs of ever getting away.

Then a brick hurled through the window of a small works
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Paperback, 1st, 608 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by Stella Riley (first published May 19th 2016)
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Caz
Stella Riley’s Roundheads and Cavaliers series of books set during the English Civil Wars is an absolute treat for those who enjoy well-researched historical fiction AND historical romance. Each book in the series is grounded strongly in historical fact and the stories Ms Riley layers atop her chosen background are cleverly constructed and closely interlinked with the events of the day, often so skilfully that it’s difficult to see the join. As well as immersing the reader into the world of se ...more
Marquise
While this last installment is a fine conclusion to the saga of the Royalist and Parliamentarian families that give this its name, as an individual book it's the weakest in my opinion.

For a start, the bloat makes the plot move slowly as well as make the book too long for so little that happens. Boredom seeps in quite easily. With better editing and a firmer grasp on what to tell and why instead of just adding it all in, this book would've been much more compelling. Yes, weeding makes for a short
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Wendy
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s always difficult to come to a series of books part-way through, so when I knew that I was going to review Lords of Misrule, I decided to quickly acquaint myself with some of the background information of the series and about the English Civil War, my knowledge of which was sketchy to say the least. I was advised to read The Black Madonna (first in the Roundheads and Cavaliers series) and was very glad I did, as it’s here that we first meet Eden Maxwell, who is the hero of Lords of Misrule ...more
OLT
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's always a treat to have a Riley book to read. And, as always, Stella Riley does a stellar job of immersing her readers in the real history of the time period (Cromwell and the civil wars) without making her readers suffer too much history overload. The reason is that her characters are living this history and that makes it all come to life instead of being dry facts about things that happened centuries ago.

If you're familiar with Riley through her lighter Georgian series, please keep in mind
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Susana Pelegrin
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for this book for a long time and I wasn't disappointed. The plot has well researched historical background, intrigue and memorable characters. As always Stella's secondary players are as good as her main ones. I also thought that Eden and Lydia were an excellent match. I loved seeing Gabriel and Venetia again. I loved this book from cover to cover.
Belcanto
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. Simply Wonderful
Simply wonderful is how I start this review of Stella Riley’s fourth book in her Roundheads & Cavalier series, Lords of Misrule.
It is truly an excellent novel full of twists and turns that kept me guessing right to the end. Not only does it have a super plot line but also deals with the history of England in the mid-1650’s that is so often misunderstood, in a clear, concise and informative manner.
As with her other books in this series, she concentrates on one of he
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imngrer
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's been a long wait for Eden's story.

I have been reading Ms Riley's Civil War and Restoration novels since I first read the Marigold Chain and Splendid Defiance in the early '80s and was disappointed after reading Garland of Straw sometime in the '90s that there would be no more novels in the Civil War sequence.

This writer has a knack of creating characters you want to read more of and Eden fell particularly into that category. But often when you wait a great many years for a follow-on story,
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kathie
I love this series! I hope Stella Riley decides to write Toby's story...I'm not ready to say good-bye to these characters that she brought to life.
Jennifer
2.5 stars.

I have to admit that I was scared to start this book. This was due, in large part, to the fact that the H of this story began a relationship with his mistress in the previous book and I just knew it wasn't going to end well. If you don't want anything spoiled, stop reading now.
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So, at the end of the last book The King's Falcon, the H in this story, Eden, began an affair with Deborah, his housekeeper. She fell in love with him and he fell in comfort with her. She said that it didn
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Virginia Tican
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In "The Black Madonna," young idealistic and full of promise Eden Maxwell fell in love with beautiful, vain and selfish Celia Langley and married her despite his mother's and his sister Kate's misgivings (plus other warnings from his friends and even from Luciano Del Santi who had a brief affair with Celia's mother with the most likely probability of like~mother~like daughter scenario) which eventually turned true following closely on the heels of his father's murder by one of Lady Wroxton's lov ...more
Carolyn
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this series.I am assuming there will be another book at some point, as there are another 3 years until Cromwell's death and 5 until the Restoration. Lots of plots and intrigue remaining. Also there are some fictional loose ends that could be tied up.
Polina
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5
Laura Thomas
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eden gets his story, wonderful series

I repeat this author can write, enjoyed her two series. The characters and stories are so above anything out there.
Ms. Marble
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: female-author
Not bad per se, but I found it slow and dull. The leads are nice but far from interesting.

The period between Cromwell’s forcible expulsion of the Rump in April 1653 and the Rule of the Major Generals in the summer of 1655, is not one of either shining success or landmark moments.

That sums it up.
Andrea Seiffertt
so disappointed, somehow the kindle edition doesn't have 'go-to' chapters, so when somehow it started me at 73% i thought it was a typo, but then i realized at around 80 that the author wasn't just being mysterious, i'd actually missed a lot of the action- although it didn't seem interesting to me enough to go back... so i finished it, skimming a lot because the entire last quarter was tripe-y romance-y and had virtually no historical plot points at all. and it was so formulaic and the scenes us ...more
DeAnna
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
More of a 3.5 than a 4, but it gets a higher grade because I've enjoyed the series as a whole. I got tired of Eden's broodiness in previous books, so he wasn't my favorite hero of the series.
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Stella Riley trained as a teacher in London and now lives in Kent, England. She enjoys amateur dramatics, salsa,belly-dancing, reading and travel.
After a break in her writing career, she has now published her back-catalogue [or as much of it as she intends to re-release!] as e-books.
The Marigold Chain, The Parfit Knight, The Mesalliance, A Splendid Defiance, The Black Madonna, Garland of Straw
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Other books in the series

Roundheads and Cavaliers (4 books)
  • The Black Madonna (Roundheads and Cavaliers, #1)
  • Garland of Straw (Roundheads and Cavaliers, #2)
  • The King's Falcon (Roundheads and Cavaliers, #3)