With in the first few sentences the author immediately grabbed my attention. Very simple sentence structure, but something about it caused me to want to read more.
The Scottish people’s fight for their rights in their own country. Controlled and down-trodden they fight back through a group of Scottish zealots trying to free the tight hold of them in the UK. While some politicians try to do it the legal way, their battle for their rights is gaining public support, something the English government does not like.
The characters are filled with intrigue, very multi-faceted. It is hard to keep track at first of the characters because there are quite a few characters involved, presenting different perspectives not just on this conflict, but on the crime surrounding the conflict in this time period.
Once you become more immersed in the plot, immersed in this underworld of crime and corruption, you start to get a feel for the pace and the intricacy of the struggle of the Scottish.
The fighting scenes are distinctly detailed, easily able to envision it actually happening. Precise moves and language. The scenes move logically through with a nice progression. Building tension, building intrigue, learning more about the characters and what drives them to do the things they do.
This is a well-written and executed novel.
The characters have their own distinct voices and complexities. The violence creates turbulent scenes. The plot riveting as it constantly changes locations, characters and motives. A variety of interesting and fascinating characters. The author makes sure the reader knows exactly where they are by dating the chapters.
The gradual but fascinating build up to an assassination. The intricate details of how one man plans to carry out a major assassination. Hollis brings the novel together, romping it up a bit in places, something I personally liked.
Although it took awhile to get to the main bit, the ending wasn’t disappointing and was quite unexpected.
A variety of interesting characters, plots and subplots will want you to keep on reading.