Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Assassin's Wife by Moonyeen Blakey

Second Sight is dangerous... Nan's visions of two noble boys imprisoned in a tower frighten her village priest. The penalty for witchcraft is death. Despite his warnings, Nan's determination to save these boys launches her on a nightmare journey. As fifteenth-century England teeters on the edge of civil war, her talent as a Seer draws powerful, ambitious people around her. Not all of them are honourable. Twists of fate bring her to a ghost-ridden house in Silver Street where she is entrusted with a secret which could destroy a dynasty. Pursued by the unscrupulous Bishop Stillington, she finds refuge with a gypsy wise-woman, until a chance encounter takes her to Middleham Castle. Here she embarks on a passionate affair with Miles Forrest, the Duke of Gloucester's trusted henchman. But is her lover all he seems?

"The author reveals through a vivid, gripping narrative the fear, violence and chaos of that time. Will the assassin's wife have the power to alter the course of history? Read this book and find out."

".a vivid and visceral journey into the darkest hearts of men during the Wars of the Roses... An incredible, unforgettable story, surely made for the screen. Moonyeen Blakey is a major new talent to watch."

Debut author Moonyeen Blakey is a force to be reckoned with.  She has taken a young girl named Nan, someone very likeable, someone that I immedately felt for, and placed her in a dangerous world.   A girl with visions, rejected by her own family and the community, with only a priest that listened to her and actually believed what she was saying.

An original story that brought an interesting view of the War of the Roses and the mystery surrounding the  Princes in the Tower.  I really like a story that does not focus on the main players but with background ones, in this case a fictional one along with main (real) players (Anne Neville being one, I had to read The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory as soon as I finished this book).

Definitely a author that I will be reading more of.