Wednesday 21 November 2018

The Shattered Drum by C.P. Lesley (Legends of the Five Directions Book 5)

Reviewer: Liza Perrat, author of the French Historical, The Bone Angel trilogy (Spirit of Lost Angels, Wolfsangel, Blood Rose Angel) and new Australian 1970s series: The Silent Kookaburra and The Swooping Magpie.

What we thought: If you want to immerse yourself in fast-paced, suspenseful adventures of 16th century Russia, look no further than C.P. Lesley’s five-part series, Legends of the Five Directions.

Set during the childhood of Ivan the Terrible, I’ve enjoyed each one immensely, starting with The Golden Lynx, where we meet the main heroine of the series, Nasan Kolycheva, then The Winged Horse, The Swan Princess, The Vermilion Bird, and now, The Shattered Drum.

As an historian, and more particularly, one who specializes in 16th century Russia, the author’s detailed knowledge shines through in her prose and description. We truly feel we are there, in 16th century Russia, alongside her excellently-drawn characters, sharing their triumphs and their tragedies during this important historical time when the ascension of a child ruler threatened the state with internal dissension and outside intervention.

In The Shattered Drum, we follow the adventures of Nasan, as in The Golden Lynx. All the Tatar princess yearns for is a peaceful life with her Russian nobleman husband, Daniil, and their baby. However, this period of history in Russia wasn’t known for peace and serenity. Turmoil, treachery and the consequences of a Palace coup turn Nasan’s life upside down and she is forced to make a difficult choice.

The Shattered Drum is a great yarn, an adventure in which to lose oneself as you travel back through time to this age of conflict, treachery, power and politics. Highly recommended!

You’ll like this if you enjoy: Historical Fiction. The previous books in the Legends of the Five Directions series. Complex family saga adventure stories.

Avoid if you don’t like: Russian history. Strong heroines.

Ideal accompaniments: Vodka and Russian gingerbread.

Available on Amazon

Genre: Historical Fiction

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