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The Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower
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Apr 04, 2012

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bookshelves: for-review, gift-from-author, historical-fiction

I was captivated by this story and The Needle in the Blood is the first historical fiction novel I have read about the Bayeux Tapestry. It has left me wanting to know more of it's history. I enjoyed the characters in Sarah's story and felt she did a wonderful job with the character building. I also felt her secondary characters really helped support this story and I enjoyed reading about their lives. I have to admit I'm not fond of reading a story in the present tense, but I feel Sarah pulled this off and I was intrigued with Sarah's explanation to me of why she wrote the book this way. She said the story is written this way because it's the way she "heard" the story coming to her. That on reflection she found it interesting as a means of making long distant history seem more immediate.

I recommend reading this story and hope that each reader finds a little something to come away with and would want to explore the history of this time period a little more. I rated this story three and a half stars.

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Reading Progress

April 4, 2012 – Shelved
May 15, 2012 – Started Reading
May 15, 2012 – Shelved as: for-review
May 15, 2012 – Shelved as: gift-from-author
May 15, 2012 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
May 15, 2012 –
page 48
May 18, 2012 –
page 167
May 20, 2012 –
page 216
May 21, 2012 –
page 237
41.15% "I'm really enjoying this story."
May 25, 2012 –
page 448
May 27, 2012 –
page 578
May 27, 2012 – Finished Reading

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