Battles, Revolts and Drama in the Fourteenth Century,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Venom of Serpents: The Arrowsmith Saga, Part Two (Taschenbuch)
The second part of the Arrowsmith Saga picks up where "The Nectar of Angels: The Arrowsmith Saga, Part One: 1 leaves off and continues the adventures of David Arrowsmith, as he recounts them to Jean Créton, the French historian.
Unsurprisingly, the points that I found worthy of criticism as well as those that merit praise are the same as in the first part of the Arrowsmith Saga . Like the first volume of the saga, the story is suspenseful, full of high drama, and is an entertaining read. The archaic language, the 'I wot's etc., again rubbed me the wrong way, particularly since they occur in a book that includes words like 'brainstorming'. There were fewer sections of the tale that made me wonder why I was reading about them than in the first part. As the story progressed, I was increasingly keen to find out where the tale would lead us. With a story of this length it can be difficult to keep track of what is going on even for the author and this Dane St John manages admirably. Again there were a few too many encounters with famous people for my taste - a point that is even raised by Jean Créton. The protagonist was almost too good and noble for me, but though I occasionally felt like giving him a good shake and tell him 'hey, those are the bad guys', the story certainly had me rooting for him and hoping everything turns would turn out well.
'The Venom of Serpents' is an entertaining, well-researched historical novel for those who have enjoy reading seriously long novels.
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