The Royalist- S.J. Deas

The Royalist (Apr)

This is not a book about being pro-Prince William, but rather the first in a series about a Civil War soldier who has to switch ranks in order to save his life and get home to his family.

William Falkland is languishing in Newgate, a Royalist soldier in a Parliamentarian town, when he’s summoned to an audience with Oliver Cromwell. Known as a man of honour, Falkland is given one mission- to solve the mystery of a spate of suicides among the New Model Army. If he does this, he’ll be freed and be able to go home to his family.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this novel; I was expecting quite a ‘blokey’ novel, but it’s not at all. The main character, Falkland, is surprisingly sympathetic and the main female character, Kate, is well-written. There was no character that made me roll my eyes or shout at the book.

What’s also evident is the staggering amount of research that’s gone into this book, although- as they say- the learning is worn lightly. There’s a real sense of setting and time; no gruesome detail is spared, although it’s not overused, either.

The plot is well-paced and the twists are unexpected. It was quite hard to predict what was happen. As a result, I was more than happy to go along for the ride- and I’m very much looking forward to the next instalment!

Format: paperback

Pages: 336

Source: Sent for review by Bookbridgr

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