Barnes and Noble Overview
The “richly detailed, almost indecently thrilling” (New York Times) follow up to The Serpent’s Tale
When a fire at Glastonbury Abbey reveals two skeletons, rumor has it they may belong to King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. King Henry II hopes so, for it would help him put down a rebellion in Wales, where the legend of Celtic savior Arthur is strong. To make certain, he sends Adelia Aguilar, his Mistress of the Art of Death, to Glastonbury to examine the skeletons.
At the same time, the investigation into the abbey fire will be overseen by the Bishop of St. Albans, father of Adelia’s daughter. Trouble is, someone at Glastonbury doesn’t want either mystery solved, and is prepared to kill to prevent it…
Ahhh, I just love Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of the Art of Death books. This one Adelia is sent to find out whether or not the bones found at the Glastonbury Abbey are in fact those of Arthur and Guinevere. Adelia is not interested in these bones because she knows that there is something else going on in the town, and not only that but Emma, Lady of Wolvercote, has vanished. [Emma is from the previous book The Serpent’s Tale] Adelia is pulled into so many directions, one by the king to find out if the bones are in fact of King Arthur and Guinevere… finding out where and what happened to Lady Emma… and to solve who was guilty of setting a fire.
Can Adelia solve all the problems? Who will be there to stop her along the way?
The author notes that people have been criticizing the fact that she writes the conversations in modern talking. Which really if she had done it exactly to how they used to talk… I probably would not have read it. Even the Tudors [the television] show is done in modern conversations and people still liked it. Plus it’s just easier to read, I’m not looking to have to sit there and have my head hurt while I try to decode what the heck they are talking about.
I hope that there will be more books like these from Ariana Franklin.