We were reading Phil Rickman’s The Bones of Avalon. It tells the story of John Dee, Elizabeth 1’s astrologer and adviser who is sent on a mission to Glastonbury to ascertain the whereabouts of King Arthur’s bones. I suppose we’d have to give it 2 out of 10 as only 2 of us liked it! The other 8 were not impressed. Several people made the point that C. J. Sansom sets his books in a similar time and deals with similar issues but does it better. Still, if you like your historical fiction with a supernatural edge, this could be the book for you.
“Although this wasn’t the sort of book I usually enjoy, I was intrigued by it and couldn’t wait to see what happened. I like the fact that the book was about John Dee’s character and the emotional journey he goes through as well as being about the plot against Elizabeth. I was disappointed in Dudley.”
“It was rubbish! I only made it through one and a half discs.”
“I’ve read other books by Phil Rickman. I enjoyed this one but it wasn’t his best.”
“There was too much swearing and it somehow didn’t sit well.”
- C J Sansom Shardlake series.
- Karen Campbell Proof of Life
- Emma Blair Wild Strawberries
- Michael Connolly Reversal