The third book in the Kingmaker series reacquaints readers with Thomas and Katherine who now have a son, Rufus, and have enjoyed a few relatively peaceful years living at Marton on the estate of Sir John Fakenham. Then Sir John dies suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving the estate in the charge of Lady Isabella’s sons. The couple’s future on the estate is already under threat when news reaches them that trouble is brewing in the country again as there are to be more challenges to King Edward IV’s right to rule the country.
Thomas and Katherine still hold the precious ledger showing that King Edward may not be the legitimate heir to the throne. Many people know of the ledger’s existence but not where it is hidden. Many people, including William Hastings, suspect that Thomas and Katherine hold the key to its whereabouts. This offers them a modicum of protection on the road when they leave Marton under instructions from Hastings to go in search of other people who may also know of its existence and discover how many of the King’s noblemen are still loyal to him. Thomas and Katherine spend an uncomfortably hot summer travelling around the countryside in search of the information Hastings needs, but accurate information is difficult to find when allegiances are switching all the time. And just when you think things may be about to go right for the couple they find that their old adversary Riven and his giant may be looking for them.All of this plotting and scheming makes a fascinating backdrop for a story and as the ordinary people caught up in the battle for power are switching sides constantly, hoping to end up on the winning side, danger lurks around every corner for Thomas and Katherine, making the book another fast paced and exciting read.
Divided Souls is told from the viewpoints of both Katherine and Thomas, switching from one to the other at key points in the narrative which all adds to the dramatic suspense. The use of language is clever and rarely, if ever, defaults from the kind of language that would have been used at the time. This makes the dialogue completely realistic and additionally offers the reader an insight into the mindset of the time. Having read and reviewed two books in this series already I thought that the magic might have started to wear off in this one. I shouldn’t have worried because Clements writes knowledgeably with rich detail that brings a real depth to the characters and setting. Let’s hope that he’s already hard at work writing the next in the series.
Kingmaker: Divided Souls was published by Century on 30 June 2016.