Thank you again Michael for reaching out, this book series on kindle unlimited if you would like to venture into Michael’s world. Today I am following on from my post yesterday reviewing Rags of Time the first book in the Thomas Tallant series.
This book builds on the tension from book one you can tell the social and political unrest have increased and is once again palpable as you can feel the hostile atmosphere in London and you can’t help but feel for our characters. In this book we focus more on the struggles between the king and parliament.
Not only is there unrest between the king and parliament but there is heightened unrest between English traders and the Dutch. In the politest possible words, it’s a storm in teacup read to explode. Talking of trade, I am not ashamed to admit I was completely invested in the spice trade again.
Like the first book opened with a murder of a priest. I feel a little bit redeemed from not knowing about the apprentice riots in the first book as I knew all about smuggling of priests out and around the country. I have even been lucky enough to see a couple of priest holes in person. One thing I did notice in this book more than the first is how connected the streets of London are and is something I think is overlooked in the modern day.
I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Elizabeth more and her brain is incredible. I can barely crack a simple cipher in a game let alone create one. I prefer Petty in this book compared to the first he really comes into his own and is a little more likable. The real Henrietta Maria, the wife of the King is a fascinating woman to look into in more detail. It’s also quite sad she is referred to as the forgotten Queen. I didn’t think I could adore Beatrix more, but she also comes into her own in this book it’s really enjoyable to see.
Without giving to much away again the plot twist near the end slightly took me off guard however as the scheme was unravelled, I was in shock but not in away where the plot resolution has been pulled from thin air and didn’t make sense.
This book perfectly sets up book three check back tomorrow to read my review.