David Pilling,
John Swale Chronicles #7: The Pretender
(Musa, 2012)

The Pretender introduces Edward Balliol, the man whose claim to the Scottish throne is pulling the tides of English and Scottish politics. With Robert the Bruce's child's son on the Scottish throne and Edward III brimming with ambition, conflict can't be far off.

This work elaborates on the players of the upcoming struggle while plainly illustrating how the power of kings and countries trickles down to influence the fortunes of everyone.

A short work with a lot to set up, The Pretender is a waiting piece, adding tinder to the fireplace but not yet striking up flames.

book review by
Whitney Mallenby

3 August 2013

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