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I started this book but it was slow for me so I didn't finish it therefore I cannot give it a proper review. I won't say it is not a good book I will just say it was not a book for me. I have decided after looking at reviews on Audible and Amazon for years that I have learned I cannot go by reviews of other people. Books that have 5 star reviews by multiple people can be a book that I simply do not enjoy to the point I cannot finish the book past the 1st chapter. I have decided to completely ignore reviews. What other people like, even the masses is not necessarily what I will like. Even if a book is not liked by many people, I may like it immensely. I know I like books that are not a dime a dozen. That are not flippant, that are not cookie cutter. That are not "if you like so and so author - you will like this". That is definitely the type of book for me to avoid. By the way... I am not saying this book is any of those. It was just going down a path that I didn't feel like going down.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Second book of a trilogy about Alexander Seaton.
In this book Alexander goes to Ulster to help his mother's family. His grandmother fears the threat of a curse, caused by her own marriage and then her daughters' marriages which seem a betrayal of the Irish. A vicious woman who is tied up in her Irish roots, she will do anything to promote the cause.
This period with English Planters brought over to colonise Ulster is a little known period, and explains much of the later hostilities in Ireland. It takes place almost 400 years ago, during the Stuart period. It is sad that some memories should last so long.
Listening to the introduction I thought that it did not sound particularly interesting, but I misjudged it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I have never given an audiobook five starts before, but I really enjoyed the second instalment of Alexander Seaton's story. As an historian, I found it gripping on all sorts of levels, but most of all the elements of surprise, colour and detail. It is very difficult to write in the language of today about events that took place almost 400 years ago and create a sense of atmosphere. This book manages to do this to a certain extent, but it is above all the gripping narrative that makes this audiobook impossible to put down or - more appropriately - switch off. I think that Mantel is better at evoking atmosphere and period detail, but S G Maclean's narrative is much more free-flowing and enticing.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful