This debut novel is an exciting release for many familiar with Cameron Readman's event work. His knack for narration shows as he navigates the transition to written prose from immersive interactive storytelling. While there are times where the dialogue can seem somewhat heavy, especially during exposition chapters, the variety of characters is well captured in their actions. The story is well paced, a feat for a plot that unfolds over a series of months and years, and there aren't any pure 'filler' scenes. The action is concise in a way that feels well suited to the situation, yet detailed enough to ensure the reader is well aware of what's happening. I must say that historical fiction isn't usually my cup of tea, but after backing the book on Kickstarter, I felt excitedly obliged to read this book; thankfully, the book doesn't focus too much on real-world history, and instead focuses on the characters at hand (also based on real-world people!). So, despite the odd typo or mis-worded sentence (mistakes unfortunately missed by the editors), this book is well worth the read – and what a twist! I look forward to what Cameron has in store for Francis Stewart's future.
I'm not a big book reader, but I took a chance and backed this book on Kickstarter, and it was amazing! Such a good mixture of real history and fiction that kept me interested the whole time. I could really visualise the scenes that the author described. Really well written and an exciting story. I would definitely recommend!!