Title: King’s Gold
Author: Michael Jecks
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: Aug 2011
As the year 1326 draws to a close, London is in flames. King Edward II is a prisoner, and the forces of his vengeful queen, Isabella, and her lover Sir Roger Mortimer, are in the ascendant. The Bardi family, bankers who have funded the King, must look to their future with the Queen, steering a careful course between rival factions - if, that is, they can keep themselves alive.
Others, too, find their loyalties torn. Guarding the deposed King on behalf of Mortimer, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and bailiff Simon Puttock find themselves entangled in a tightening net of conspiracy, greed, betrayal and murder.
King’s Gold is the second book in the series by Michael Jecks, set in the fourteenth century. It is great to read a historical fiction novel where it is apparent that the author has spent a great deal of time conducting comprehensive research to ensure that all of the facts, scenes and settings are completely accurate.
Jecks has fleshed out the historical characters extensively and they are full bodied and easy to create a visual image of through the vivid descriptions and great dialogue. The battle scenes are also well written and easy to imagine as a wide screen hollywood all out medieval fight.
If you enjoy a great historical fiction then you will enjoy this one.