Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of this amazing blog tour for; Knight and a Spy, 1410 by Simon Fairfax. I am super excited to be sharing my review, which I will admit was supposes to be posted a few days ago, but as with all of 2020, I am once again late. Apologies! I can’t wait to share this book with you all, but firstly I want to say thank you to Amy at HFVBT for the invite to this tour. Now, lets have a look at this book!
About the Book
A KNIGHT AND A SPY 1410 BY SIMON FAIRFAX
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Publisher: Corinium Associates Ltd
Genre: Historical Fiction
January 1410, and King Henry IV is brought down with an unknown illness. Despite his 10 year reign the kingdom is far from secure: he is at odds with his son Prince Hal who vies for a new Council; Owen Glyndower threatens his Welsh border, whilst the Scots are ever in revolt seeking secret alliances with France.
Burgundy and the French King Charles VI plan to take back Calais and re-ignite the 100 years war. England is torn with enemies on each side and within. The court is a swirl of rumours and treachery, with the powerful seeking the ultimate prize: the English crown.
Power is controlled by unlikely forces, the most important of these men is Sir Richard Whittington, merchant, former Lord mayor of London, financier, adviser to the Crown and spy master for the King. Realising the peril of the kingdom, he needs someone who can move inconspicuously abroad and at home. Skilled yet unobtrusive.
Jamie de Grispere: squire in training, son of a merchant, known to Whittington, is tasked to do his bidding and spy for the good of the crown. He holds the future of the realm in his hands. It is a perilous path, from the depths of France to Wales and the Scottish borders. Joining with two comrades he seeks to aid the crown and Sir Richard’s plans for the safety of the realm.
Treachery, the 100 years war, revolts, battles, the wool trade, piracy and pivotal events: all are brought alive in this story of the 15th Century England and the fight for the crown.
15th Century England, a dark, perilous and politically dangerous. The country is at war with itself. A time where you don’t know who is friend or foe, where unseen strings are being pulled behind the scenes. Anyone would think I was talking about the present day, except the 15th century had a wee bit more decorum, even if it was a bloody and turbulent time.
I’ve not read any of Simon Fairfax’s work before, and I definitely think I have been missing out on something, I was completely hooked with his immersive and realistic writing. The intricate research which has obviously gone into; A Knight and a Spy 1410 makes each scene jump right off the page, I really enjoyed his fluid and clever narrative and I can’t wait to read more of his books in the future.
There is so much to love and be in awe of in this book, the original and exciting plot, attention to the smallest of detail – the clothing, armour, weapon’s, settings and even how they speech is very realistic. I have mentioned the various fight scenes, they are incredibly realistic, it was as though I was standing right there as the swords went clanging and crashing, you can almost smell the blood and see the sparks as steel hits steal, it’s all wonderfully descriptive.
There is so much going on in this, with action and trouble at every corner our three unlikely heroes have a lot on their hands. I really like the three men in the forefront of the story, especially Jamie, he is such an ordinary, run of the mill character who you can really get behind from the moment you meet. I loved the faster-paced plot, I do have a loved of the speedier stories, I don’t like waiting around for things to happen and this is exactly what I love to read; it’s a blink and you’ll miss a vital part type story.
I love how we are transported so seamlessly from England to Scotland, to Wales and France, all the time you are flying through the f=pages with such zeal you don’t even realise you have travelled to these places – I’m sure I never left my chair, and yet I ended up in a political war-zone and with a somewhat unexpected romance there is definitely room for more stories.
Overall, this is a thoroughly gripping historical, with it’s rich and vivid historical detail which grasped hold of my imagination and swept me away to another century. It’s richly atmospheric, meticulously researched, compelling and thrilling, with fabulous character’s who you will love and loath.
It’s a must read for anyone who loves their edgier and brutally real historical fiction.
About the Author
As a lover of crime thrillers and mystery, I turned what is seen by others as a dull 9 – 5 job into something that is exciting, as close to real life as possible, with Rupert Brett, my international man of mystery whose day job is that of a Chartered Surveyor.
Rupert is an ordinary man thrown into extraordinary circumstances who uses his wit, guile and training to survive.
Each book is written from my own experiences, as close to the truth as possible, set against world events that really happened.
I go out and experience all the weapons, visit the places Rupert travels to, speak to the technical experts and ensure that it as realistic, as possible allowing you to delve deep in to the mystery, losing yourself in it for a few hours.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, December 14 Review at Pursuing Stacie
Wednesday, December 16 Interview at The Writing Desk
Thursday, December 17 Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Friday, December 18 Guest Post at Novels Alive
Saturday, December 19 Feature at Reading is My Remedy
Sunday, December 20 Review at Passages to the Past
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