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1340s the saga continues post plague outbreak

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-2019

This is the sequel and continues where vol one left off.. I couldn't put it down. The narrator is particularly good and the characters now well known.
My interest is especially with the transition from feudal serfdom to paid employment with the plague devastation as the catalyst.

The plague and the heroine

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-2019

Interesting and dramatic historical novel set in the 1300s in Dorset England as the plague arrives wiping out Lords and serfs alike.
If you know Pillars of the Earth and Year of Wonders you will also enjoy this complex historical narrative.
The leading character is the Lady of the manor a well educated intelligent young woman who defends the common folk against the Normans and against the illness. A turning point for feudal rule.

Who is normal? Our childhood colours who we become

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-2019

I have to admit to being frustrated with the female lead character. But over time you find out why her peculiarities exist. I think this book is clever but I can't give it five stars because it frustrated and disturbed me. Yet this is also a sign of good storytelling. Irish, young people, detailed interactions and the psychology underpinning their dialogue.

Too detailed and scary

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-2018

An exciting read tracking down a serial killer but I found the detailed descriptions of torture of the victims a bit hard to take. Not bedtime reading. The narrator was excellent, the tension and suspense were all there.