To escape a lifetime of poverty, mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to one final, lucrative job: help King Henry II's knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. But what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold blooded murder. And when Fitzurse, the knights' ringleader, kidnaps Theodosia, a beautiful young nun who witnessed the crime, Palmer can sit silently by no longer.
For not only is Theodosia's virtue at stake, so too is the secret she unknowingly carries - a secret he knows Fitzurse will torture out of her. Now Palmer and Theodosia are on the run, strangers from different worlds forced to rely only on each other as they race to uncover the hidden motive behind Becket's grisly murder - and the shocking truth that could destroy a kingdom.
©2013 E. M. Powell (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Tale of historical murder and unexpected love"
This story gives us a different view of what might have taken place in Canterbury when Thomas Becket was murdered. Sir Benedict Palmer is a mercenary who is trying to raise himself out of the poverty he has always lived in. He goes on a mission that will indeed give him a great purse with which to give him the life he thinks he wants. The mission is with 4 other knights and concerns the arrest of Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. King Henry has had a disagreement with him and many in England consider Becket a traitor because of it. The arrest turns into murder and is witnessed by Theodisia, a young nun. She is then kidnaped by the knights. As it turns out though there is much more to her than Palmer thinks and she was not accidentally taken. She is not just a nun. It quickly becomes apparent that once they get to the castle of one of the four knights she will most likely not survive. Palmer is her only hope.
Her faith is all she has known since she was very young and she struggles with being out in the world as she had expected never to do so. She was to be the Anchoress of Canterbury. Palmer carries her on his horse for the journey to the castle and they begin to develop a relationship along the way. Since she never expected to be with a man as other women are she is unprepared for the feelings she is beginning to have. A real struggle rages inside of her. Their feelings for each other develop slowly but are handled very well. There are several twists and turns and of course some ups and downs. The Fifth Knight is not who you think it is. That really did surprise me but fit just perfectly into the storyline.
James Langton did a really good job or narrating the book. His voices were a very good mixture and easy to identify the characters. The women's voices were well done also. I felt like he had a real feeling for the characters and was not just reading them like some do. I will look for more from him.
The book is 11 1/2 hours but so worth your time. Don't hesitate to buy this one.
"I wanted to kill the heroine myself"
It has been along time since I have encountered such an annoying, self righteous, prig of a heroine as Theodosia. I don't care if she is a nun/anchoress. If I had been Sir Palmer, I would have left her to the bad guys to steam alive. I am half way through and don't know if I can finish. I might throw my Kindle against the wall soon.
I look forward to reading the sequel. The. characters were engaging although Theadosia was a bit of an ass at first.
"I'm sure someone will like this"
It has been a while since I had to force myself not to decapitate a,fictional heroine. I nominate this one. Secondly, I did not like the extreme liberties taken with the historical record. I found myself saying "pu-leez!" I want my $ back. But that's just me.
"An OK read with awesome narration"
I have to say that I truly had issues liking Theodosia and her repeated poor decision-making but I really enjoyed James Langton's narration, as usual! Overall the story was interesting if a bit predictable in a lot of instances. I probably wouldn't read The Blood of the Fifth Knight if it weren't for Langton's narration and the fact that it has higher ratings here and on Goodreads.com
Truly enjoyable with excellent dialog, characters, plot, and narrated performance. Great villains and a surprising heroine.
"Fantastic historical fiction!"
A fantastic listening experience! Great historical fiction paired with exceptional narration make this listen a real treat!
Overall a really good story with only a few sidesteps and moments that make you wanna say 'just get on with it'. The mother's character was so dreadfully weak and I began to dislike her toward the end. Not sure if the narrator just made her seem unlikeable or if it was just me. Adventure that keeps you in suspense, although sometimes you wonder how can anyone survive THAT.......but it mostly keeps you entertained. A lot of twists and wooing but that makes you root for the underlings. Narration was fantastic in every way! Worth a credit!
"Right roistering roller coaster of a story"
One of the difficulties with audio books is that you don't get to see the names written down. This isn't a problem with modern, everyday names. But when we leap back to medieval times and talk about the heroine of this book,Theodosia, then things get difficult to handle.
This book swept along at a fast pace, from Canterbury Cathedral, up to Yorkshire (I think, though I could be wrong) down to one of the southern ports and then to France, well then, things can tend to get a little confusing.
The book deals with a period of history with which I am fortunately familiar and therefore I managed to keep abreast of the plot although there is an interesting twist on the death of Thomas A'Beckett which I have not heard before.
I enjoyed this book and I shall probably listen to the next one as I love the hero and heroine of this book particularly the afore mentioned Theo whatsit but I did feel sometimes that James Langton's performance was a bit panto'ish particularly with the women's voices but perhaps I am being overly critical.
Read it or listen to it. Don't take it seriously just enjoy it!
Story line very interesting with a good twist. Narration perfect. Can't wait to start the next book.
"Brilliant first novel"
I'm blind, so audio is my main reading format, but having listened to the book, I don't think I could give it the same type of voice if I read it.
It has a fantastic hero and it's fast-paced and exciting.
As with any good narrator, he gives each character their own distinct voice.
When the heroin is sick and the hero is caring for her.
I just couldn't put this down. The Author cleverly combines fact, in this case, the well known murder of Thomas Becket, Arch Bishop of Canterbury, with a great fictional story. It's something I could read over and over again.
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