1. Blood Oath (Janna Chronicles)
Love, revenge, secrets – and murder – in a medieval kingdom at war.
young woman, left alone and destitute after the mysterious death of her
mother, plants a sprig of rosemary on her grave and vows, somehow, to
bring the murderer to justice. But who can Janna trust with the truth?
Even the villein Godric, who wants to marry her, and Hugh, the dashing
nobleman, have secrets that threaten her heart and her safety.
a country torn apart by the vicious civil war between King Stephen and
the Empress Matilda, Janna needs all her wits and courage to stay alive
as she comes closer to those who are determined to silence her forever.
Novel Courtesy of NetGALLEY.com
This novel is
exceptionally well written and edited, and equally well researched and
is definitely worth a 4.5 stars. The plot has plenty of turnarounds
within the mystery and a fine cast of possible suspects. Add to this a
dose of romance and we have a well rounded YA historical mystery.
This book is very much a who-dun-nit and together with the historical setting makes a fine read.
writing style reflects the book’s medieval setting following the
invasion of William the Conqueror. England during these times carried
on with a constant power struggle of ruling families and this is tightly
drawn into the tale. The consistency and depth of research is
reflected by the writer's grasp of class distinction and speech patterns
during that time. The work gives a good example of the hodgepodge of
religious prejudice remaining from the Romans, Saxons and Normans.
story is based around the YA character’s work as a healer based on
herbal lore which leads into acrimonious dealings between the power of
the church, the powers of the nobility and ruling classes, bringing
forth the overwhelming attitudes of superstition and religion
irrespective of class position. The word of the privileged is as good as
the word the law.
The only thing I will note in this work that
annoyed me is that the principle character from the lower class, is
outrageously outspoken, particularly considering her youth. These
facets are portrayed in the book as a result of her protected lifestyle
and naivety, and I didn’t find any credibility to both her words and
actions. No one of that period would be evenly remotely ignorant of
their position, place and class – these things were something that was
instantaneous with birth, and were endemic to a person’s very life in a
time ruled by floggings, the gallows and the hangman.
A great read that I would recommend for fans of P.C. Doherty, Robin Paige, Diana Gabaldon, Robin LaFevers, and Anne Perry.
Further supporting reading on Medieval Material from the site of Felicity Pulman: Mediaval Muck & Mumbo Jumbo