The Venom of Serpents : The Arrowsmith Saga

  • by Dane St. John
  • Narrated by R.D. Watson
  • Series: The Arrowsmith Saga
  • 25 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the second segment of David Arrowsmith's dramatic narrative, nectar - the wine that flows between England and France during the 14th century - truly turns to venom as Jean Créton continues to record the man's scintillating account. This as they nervously await Hugh Lawrence of Colchester to reveal himself at the Scottish friary and reclaim the panel of saints in David's possession. The story resumes in the year 1370, when David has married the ravishing Eleanor, taken over the Pelican Tavern Inn in London, and recommenced his apprenticeship in the wine trade. Little Jack is now three, and although he is not his natural son, David raises him as his own, even as he longs to learn the identity of Eleanor's wicked attacker. With civil wars brewing in Brittany and Spain, and France and England openly fighting, the truce has ended and the Hundred Years' War is again in full swing, threatening to bring everyone into its fold. In backing Edward the Black Prince and the Plantagenets, David distances himself from the Lancaster faction, including John of Gaunt and Hugh Lawrence, eventually earning their hatred, while John Wycliffe struggles to bridge them, and John Ball dreams of revolution.

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A sequel that lives up to expectations & then some

The Venom of Serpents carries on the torch of the literary fire that The Nectar of Angels ignited. It brought the story of David Arrowsmith to a satisfying and gratifying conclusion. The suspenseful tale and brilliant wordsmithing was enhanced by this deeply educational rendering of a the wine trade in 14th century France. I was riveted by the story, and along the way, enlightened about a period in history up until now I knew very little about. Like The Nectar of Angels, R.D. Watson's reading was perfect for a tale of this era.
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- Maika

A great ending for " The Nectar of Angels " !

I can't say much more for "The Venom of Serpents" as I already have for "The Nectar of Angels". Such an elegantly and maturely written adventure to sum up all the strife and turmoil as lived at this moment in time. Hats off to Dane St. John for keeping the literary at great esteem. An excellent Christmas present.
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- sue

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-13-2013
  • Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing