It is a little long-winded at times, especially the first few chapters but beneath the top layer of British monarchs and their offspring there is a fantasy with potential.
After the initial dance of demon monarchs we get to the main character Matthew, who lives in blissful ignorance of his impending fate. The path he is set to travel will tear him from his loved ones and make him question his very existence.
The author has combined the Inquisition, heresy and witchcraft with demonic power and ancient magic. Cawkwell has changed the royal lineage by changing the outcome of the Battle of Bosworth.
Matthew and Tagan set off on a quest to gather together a merry band of magical beings. Each one more eccentric and unusual than the next.
All of them are trying to escape the clutches of the vicious Inquisitor Weaver, who just happens to have a direct line to the evil force threatening to consume all that is magical in Britain.
This story takes up the pace mid-book and has a strong ending that suggests a sequel. The build-up and historical explanation at the beginning were sluggish to the point of being detrimental to the story.
It would have been better to serve all that potential straight up at the beginning with the hors d’oeuvres instead of waiting till the main course to get to the point.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.