I’m not normally a big fan of historical fiction, but I thought the basic premise of this novella added a supernatural twist which would make for an interesting story. Unfortunately, that didn’t turn out to be the case, at least not in my opinion.
The first few pages actually grabbed my attention with a mysterious stranger delivering a secret message in the dead of night. After a promising opening, however, the author made it clear that his knowledge and interest in historical details were going to play a much bigger role than his desire to craft a compelling story.
The odd disruption at the book’s beginning was regrettably a consistent problem throughout the rest of the story, as well. A bit of drama, followed by extended explanations of the historical, political and military facts of the time. Sadly, none of these protracted commentaries proved to be very interesting. While some of the details were important to the plot, they could have been woven into the story without grinding the entire flow to a halt with a history lesson.
I also found the formal dialogue to be a challenge. I’m sure it’s historically accurate, but there’s plenty of precedent for authors taking liberties with historical accuracy in order to make the writing easier to follow for modern readers.
Overall, I still believe the idea of inserting a supernatural element into a historical setting could be interesting. If nothing else, the author deserves credit for making the attempt. Unfortunately, the execution wasn’t especially successful.
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