Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Blood of the Fifth Knight by E.M. Powell (book tour)

A triumphant sequel to Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight. A desperate king trusts a lone knight to unravel a web of murder.

England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for her failed attempt to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.
Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.

As Palmer races to secure his King’s throne, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and worthy sequel to E.M. Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight.

Publication Date: January 1, 2015
Thomas & Mercer
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 368p
Genre: Historical Thriller
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Picking up right where The Fifth Knight ends Henry II has begun his pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, his public act of penance over his guilt in the murder of Thomas Beckett.  It wasn't hard to get drawn back into this story.  Sir Benedict Palmer and his wife Theodosia's quiet lives are interrupted by order of the king.

So begins another fast paced story that kept this reader entralled.  Even though it has been 10 months since I read The Fifth Knight I was able to get right back into this story.  For those that haven't read the first book you should be okay with this one, but I highly recommend starting at the beginning.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight has all the elements that I love, mystery, suspense, a touch of romance, intrigue rounded out with the historical setting.  Drawing two story lines, Benedict's call from the King and Theodosia's situation at home in his absence, these stories collide to make a satisfying conclusion which had me on the edge of my seat. 

I really liked the way both Benedict and Theodosia are portrayed here, they are both very likeable characters, their relationship is genuine with their commitment to each other and the children real.  There was depth here especially as each faced struggles with the unknown. 

Definitely a must read for fans of this time period and those who like a really good mystery.


Review Praise for The Fifth Knight

“Powell does a masterful job. Highly recommended.” Historical Novels Review

E.M. Powell is the author of medieval thriller THE FIFTH KNIGHT which was a #1 Amazon Bestseller. Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State) she now lives in the north west of England with her husband and daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She is a reviewer of fiction and non-fiction for the HNS.

Find out more by visiting www.empowell.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

 

 

The Blood of the Fifth Knight Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, January 1
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Friday, January 2
Spotlight at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Monday, January 5
Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog
Thursday, January 8
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Monday, January 12
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Character Interview at Boom Baby Reviews
Tuesday, January 13
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Wednesday, January 14
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Friday, January 16
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
Saturday, January 17
Interview at Dianne Ascroft
Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession
Monday, January 19
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Tuesday, January 20
Review at Books and Benches
Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More
Wednesday, January 21
Review at Just One More Chapter
Monday, January 26
Spotlight at Susan Heim on Writing
Wednesday, January 28
Review at Kinx’s Book Nook
Friday, January 30
Review at Bookramblings
Saturday, January 31
Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes
Sunday, February 1
Review at Carole’s Ramblings
Monday, February 2
Guest Post at The Lit Bitch
Tuesday, February 3
Review at Layered Pages
Spotlight at Let them Read Books
Wednesday, February 4
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Friday, February 6
Review at The Never-Ending Book


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