'An enthralling adventure story, honest and powerful. The Wars of the Roses are imagined here with energy, with ferocity, with hunger to engage the reader.' Hilary Mantel Toby Clement's third epic historical novel set during England's bloody and brutal War of the Roses.
Toby Clements was inspired to write the Kingmaker series having first become obsessed by the Wars of the Roses after a school trip to Tewkesbury Abbey, on the steps of which the Lancastrian claim to the English throne was extinguished in a welter of blood in 1471. Since then he has read everything he can get his hands on and spent long weekends at re-enactment fairs. He has learned to use the longbow and how to fight with the poll axe, how to start a fire with a flint and steel and a shred of baked linen. He has even helped tan a piece of leather (a disgusting experience involving lots of urine and dog faeces). Little by little he became less interested in the dealings of the high and mighty, however colourful and amazing they might have been, and more fascinated by the common folk of the 15th Century- how they lived, loved, fought and died. How tough they were, how resourceful, resilient and clever. As much as anything this book is a hymn to them. He lives in London with his wife and three children. This is his second novel.
Once again Toby Clements knocks it out of the park ... the
characters and the writing is first class, there are no holes or
weaknesses in the plot of this book that just powers along, holding
the reader remorselessly in its grip * Parmenion Books *
Prepare to be immersed in a brutal, mesmerising tale. * The Times *
Toby Clements' Kingmaker saga has become one of my favourite historical series and without doubt Divided Souls is my favourite so far and, considering how fantastic Winter Pilgrims is, that's quite an achievement ... This is such a well-written series. * For Winter Nights *
Toby Clements has just given enough time for our finger nails to grow before making us chew them down again ... Toby comes at us with twists and shocks that keep the pages turning. * The Bookbag *
Brilliant, vividly real and fast moving ... Historical novel writing at its best * Lancaster Guardian *