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If you enjoy a classic who dune it, with just the right amount of old time serial adventure rolled in, set during the British Raij, then this is the book for you. To paraphrase the main character, " a jolly good show all around!"
I had been looking for an author similar to Charles Todd. Many that I tried had a heavy romance aspect which is not my thing. Others were historically inaccurate, didn't ring true, or were boring. Barbara Cleverly is a spellbinding storyteller. Her grasp of time and place is assured and accurate. The Damascened Blade is highly recommended - a fabulous tale.
Not sure if it is the narrator, Joe or India but I can't get enough of this series. Beautifully drafted but a gentle enough listen whilst ironing, sewing or just relaxing. Certainly one of my favourites.
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Would you try another book written by Barbara Cleverly or narrated by Terry Wale?
I loved the Last Kashmiri Rose by same author and narrator, but this was no where near the same league.
What was most disappointing about Barbara Cleverly’s story?
It was tedious, long winded, nothing much happened, and the section introducing the characters as they arrived at the Fort I had to listen to a number of times to distinguish who was who.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The opening scene, which was clear and precise.
What character would you cut from The Damascened Blade?
Hard to say as they were not well drawn, and one felt no emotional involvement with any of them. Three were excessively annoying and I had no empathy for them or their plight.
Any additional comments?
The Last Kashmiri Rose (book 1) is so beautifully written that you could hear and smell India. The descriptions were thorough and exquisite. The characters were well drawn and given life through small nuances and characteristics. The detail in the book was outstanding and the writer's research was top class. This book however, lacks all those qualities and one of the few I have had to attempt to return to on a numer of occasions but still cannot finish. A disappointment.