Living in London it’s no surprise that some of my favourite books are based in this city. There’s something magical about walking the streets of London and imagining how the characters saw them. Novels that have a base in English history are fascinating as well. If you hate textbook learning, reading historical fiction can provide you with some valuable insights into important events. Just bare in mind that parts of the novel are fiction.
English History of mid 17th Century Introduces Us to England as a Republic
This was the period of Commonwealth. The time after the trial and execution of Charles I. England was in turmoil. Royalists who wanted to see the king restored and parliamentarians who would never allow it. It was the time when brothers raised arms against brothers, when families found themselves on both sides. This is the setting of Andrew Murrison’s Redemption.
Reading the blurb, I was hooked and grateful that Endeavor Press sent me a copy of the book to read in exchange for an honest review.
A Fascinating Background Doesn’t Always Make For Compelling Reading
It took me a while to finish Redemption, which is quite unusual as I’m a huge fan of both English history and historical fiction. This may be due to the ARC copy of the book as every single page seemed to contain spelling mistakes, where three or more words would be stuck together and there were many of these.
The pace was also quite slow, so slow in fact that I found it difficult to follow. Luckily, there are certain events in the book, think injuries, battles, escapes, intrigues that provide strong enough cornerstones for you to make sense out of the whole novel.
The Story Makes For Some Interesting Reading Though
Saying the above the premise of the story is good. Nathaniel Salt has an argument with his neighbour Erasmus Carew, which pretty much seals his fate. Erasmus is a royalist and holds some responsibility for dreadful events that changed the course of Nat’s life, but I won’t go into details in case you want to read this book.
These events are enough to launch Nat into the army of parliamentarians where he quickly distinguishes himself and climbs the ranks. Revenge seems to be Nat’s main occupation and he will not rest until Carew has paid for his sins.
Redemption is filled with descriptions of men going into battle, events in the Parliament, romance, medicine, you name it. The book is a lovely excursion into the 17th century England, it also provides us with much better insights into what life was like for various layers of society.
I really enjoyed Foxwood and his scheming, which makes you wonder if it’s really the politicians who pull the string or is it the hidden person in the background.
Reading Redemption Got Better Towards The End Of The Book
Maybe I got used to the typos or maybe it was the pace that picked up a bit. The author also decided to use one of the tricks that keep you turning the pages. Namely, ending one characters chapter and moving somewhere else, leaving you guessing.
There’s also the trial and execution of King Charles I and the question about the executioner. It’s all very intriguing. The biggest surprise, although a bit cliche, awaits in the final few pages. What that is, I’ll let you discover for yourself as you can get the book here.