Friday, January 9, 2015

Review: The Blood of the Fifth Knight by:E. M. Powell

 The Blood of The Fifth Knight
About the Book:

England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for attempting to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.
Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.
As Palmer races to secure the throne for the King, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.
The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and a worthy follow-on to E.M. Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight.

About the Author:
E.M. Powell is the author of medieval thriller THE FIFTH KNIGHT which was a #1 Amazon Bestseller. Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State), she now lives in the north west of England with her husband and daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She is a reviewer for the HNS (fiction and non-fiction).

My Review:
 King Henry II, imprisoned his Queen after she tried to over throw him and just as he thought all the excitement was behind him, his mistress was attacked. The attack was an attempt against his throne as well. King Henry feels that he is going to need some help with this so he calls in the only man he feels that he can trust, Sir Benedict Palmer.

 Benedict thought that his help by the King was no longer needed, but apparently that isn't so. Leaving behind his family, Sir Benedict rushes to the Kings side once again. He receives his orders and does his best taking care of the King believing all the time that his family was safe back home. Henry and Benedict set to find out what is going on only to be led straight back to Henry's Queen.

 Meanwhile, Theodosia, Palmer's wife is now on a race against the clock to keep herself as well as her children safe. Palmer is away on a mission and has no clue what is happening back at home. My favorite characters are Palmer and Theodosia, the interaction between the two of them sat very well with me. The definitely round out the story and made it more interesting to me.

 I am sure this will also turn out to be a best seller as well as did the original introduction to these characters in The Fifth Knight. Although, The Blood of the Fifth Knight had some foul language, I did find some of the author's writings throughout the story very humorous. Her play on words and situations were spot on! This story was very entertaining and full of suspense, definitely a great 2nd book in the series.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Pump Up Your Book.