Peopled with an array of thoroughly bad baddies and very decent goodies, with a few who change sides along the way, this novel sets a high standard for excitement, mystery and high octane action in 1220! It is the second Tom Fletcher outing, featuring a trainee monk who courts adventure and, truthfully, is not cut out for monastic life at all.
Sarah Matthias paints a vividly convincing picture of medieval life in both the peaceful countryside and the seething, dangerous hell-hole of London, in which Tom finds himself looking for his abducted sweetheart Bessie and incidentally on the trail of a valuable casket containing an important relic. But he is not alone. Other, more ruthless men are after the same prizes and Tom is very disposable as far as they are concerned. A good, crafted yarn that is worth peddling to avid murder mystery readers.