SERIES: The Renaissance Sojourner Series (#1)
GENRE: Historical Fiction
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While the storm clouds of the Wars of the Roses gather in fifteenth century London, Barnabas, a streetwise thirteen year-old orphan, dreams of sailing away to foreign countries. His mistress, Margery Jourdemayne, the Witch of Eye, and his guardian, CanonThomas Southwell, plot to use his clairvoyant talents to further their ambitions. Vain and ambitious Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester, turns to the Witch of Eye to conceive a child to secure her position as the wife of the heir to the throne, but her husband’s enemies are determined to use her actions to bring about his downfall.
Can this young imp, Barnabas, steer a safe path through the dangerous web of intrigue and suspicion that surrounds him? Will his ‘sight’ save him from burning in the flames of a witch’s pyre? And will Eleanor conceive a child, or will her follies prove her undoing?
‘Fast-paced and moving, ‘The Imp of Eye’ is the memorable story of real events told in the distinctive voice of a unique and loveable character.’ – Karen Charlton, author of The Detective Lavender Mysteries
‘A jewel of a story, set among the royal courts and the dark alleys of medieval London, where intrigue, betrayal and witchcraft are woven into a poisoned web to trap the innocent. The characters are so compelling that I was struggling to breathe as the net tightened around them. This is story-telling at its best.’- Karen Maitland, author of Company of Liars
Book One of the Renaissance Sojourner Series
Another 5 star book. to another amazing book.I will tell you the reason for the 5 star review yet again.
NOTE: MS. KRISTIN GLEESON, AUTHOR OF THE IMP OF EYE. AGREED TO SEND ME A REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
The Imp of Eye is a Historical Fiction Novel. based on actual events from the English History. The story goes back to the 1400’s (specifically 1440-1441) So the story begins with Barnabas being bossed around by his mistress, Margery Jourdemayne, the Witch of Eye. Father Southwell taught Barnabas to look at the future by asking spirits to give out clues on to what would happen in the future but almost everything the spirits give have vague meanings that they need to figure out. and they call the asking for the help of spirits “Scrying”. Jourdemayne uses Barnabas for her fortune telling sessions with people pretending to be The Witch (that she is not). While the story progresses another character is introduced and that is Eleanor the Duchess of Glocester that has trouble in giving her husband the child he and she wanted. So she went to Jourdemayne to ask for help in conceiving a child. and Jourdemayne helped her thinking that she would get something out of helping the Duchess and the Duke that would be the next king sooner or later. and after all the things that happened Rumors started spreading like wildfire. Rumors about Treason, Sorcery, Witchcraft, Harming the King circulated London. Soon enough people who helped with the so called Sorcery and other stuff was imprisoned to be questioned. and after all the commotion Barnabas seemed to have fled but he only changed his Identity with the help of a Friend.
Will the truth prevail? Will Barnabas help his Mistress? Will they escape their horrible fate? Will Barnabas get the love of his life? WILL THE IMP OF EYE FIND OUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THIS CRIME?
(The book is too good to be spoiled. let those questions intrigue you.)
The Characters, I really liked Barnabas because at the beginning of the book he’s just an IMP that can see the future with the help of Spirits and is being used by his Mistress. but through out the story I loved how his character developed into a much more confident man. Barnabas is a fast learner indeed he learned so many stuff by becoming Giacomo. I also liked Alys because her loyalty to Eleanor is very touching, she’s always by her side no matter what.
The Book, OMG! I wasn’t expecting that this book would be this awesome. I’m the type of Reader that gets really excited when I see a pretty book cover( I Swear I buy other books based on the cover I see. Sometimes). this book had this cover on what looks like a war that would make you think like “Oh. this book is about a war on who will get the kingdom and stuff.” but no. the book is really…really good. The dialogs were really good and a funny story actually. I was reading the first chapter of the book and was about to give up on it because there were stuff like nofink (nothing), somfink(something) and I thought wait. the proofread book before publishing right? and yeah I was right they did proofread it those word were just how Barnabas talks so I got passed that and got used to it and it was smooth sailing after that. I loved the story, this book reminded me why I like Historical Fiction Books. well majority of Historical Fiction Books I read before were about wars and stuff like literally two groups fighting for what they believe and stuff like that. This book might be one of my favorites this year. we’ll see.
This Book seriously deserves the 5 stars because (again) it was Fun, Neat, based on real things that happened( In the BEFORE time) and you won’t regret reading it.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE BOOK?
OMG!!!!! YES!!!!! buy the book. this is a book worth reading and now I’m just imaging what great things would happen in book two. I hope to read book two in the future.
I want to know what happens next after the ending of this book. will they come back again? will they find the person they are looking for? ooooh soooo many questions.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR MS. KRISTIN FOR SENDING ME THIS AMAZING BOOK
NOTE: THE PICTURE USED ON THIS REVIEW IS NOT MINE.