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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review: A Traitor's Fate by Derek Birks

Title: A Traitor's Fate
Author: Derek Birks
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Self-published
Publish Date: November 1, 2013
Source: I received a copy from the author; however, this did not affect my review.

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a historical fiction fan.
What's the Story?:

From "Peace never lasts…
It is 1464. Ned Elder and his two sisters, Emma & Eleanor, have won a hard-fought peace and their feud with the Radcliffes seems long over, but one man never accepted the outcome. After three bitter years of waiting to destroy the Elders, a new ally provides him with a fresh opportunity for revenge.

When Ned is summoned to confront a Lancastrian revolt by the new king, Edward of York, he finds his enemies are not just amongst the ranks of the rebels. Branded a traitor by his own commander, the Earl of Warwick, Ned is soon a wanted man in hostile territory and the price on his head only rises when he stumbles upon a royal secret.

Meanwhile, Eleanor and Emma watch over Ned’s pregnant wife, Amelie, with only a small garrison of old men and boys to protect them. The feud may have ended, but the scars run deep for all three women and they must hold their nerve and prepare to defend themselves at any cost.

A condemned man, Ned must find a way to escape his pursuers or else the whole Elder family will be destroyed."

My Two Cents:

"A Traitor's Fate" is the second book in Derek Birks' Rebels and Brothers series. This book follows the continuing adventures of Ned and his sisters, Eleanor and Emma. In order to really get the most out of this book, you really should read the first book first so you are able to "get" this book and understand the characters a little bit better. With good characters and fascinating detail, this historical fiction tale will definitely be worth your while.

This book started out a little bit slowly for me but it eventually picked up the pace as the action picks up. This book continues to cover the War of the Roses, which is really fascinating to me. Things were changing for England so quickly. I love that you get a first hand look at how some of those people surrounding the fighting families were also affected. You get to see what they were contending with and how everyone was forced to choose a side.

One of the things that I really liked about this book is that you get a taste of both the male and female point of view of this time. You don't always get that in books, especially not historical fiction. Ned, Eleanor, and Emma share the stage in this book and it is through them that we get to see a lot of different perspectives of the time period. I thought that the author did a really good job of balancing between all of the different main characters. You really do get a chance to know all of them well! Balance like that can be hard to find. 


1 comment:

  1. Hmm, will look for the first book. I'm kind of intrigued!


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