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The Fifth Knight [Format Kindle]

E.M. Powell
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To escape a lifetime of poverty, mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to one final, lucrative job: help King Henry II’s knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. But what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold-blooded murder. And when Fitzurse, the knights’ ringleader, kidnaps Theodosia, a beautiful young nun who witnessed the crime, Palmer can sit silently by no longer. For not only is Theodosia’s virtue at stake, so too is the secret she unknowingly carries—a secret he knows Fitzurse will torture out of her. Now Palmer and Theodosia are on the run, strangers from different worlds forced to rely only on each other as they race to uncover the hidden motive behind Becket’s grisly murder—and the shocking truth that could destroy a kingdom.

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This book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book. Learn more about Kindle Serials

Biographie de l'auteur

E.M. Powell was born and raised in Ireland, a descendant of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins. At University College, Cork, she discovered a love of Anglo-Saxon and medieval English during her study of literature and geography. she is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, and International Thriller Writers, and has been accepted onto the Romantic Novelists’ Association (UK) 2012 New Writers Scheme. A reviewer for the Historical Novel Society, she lives today in Manchester, England, with her husband and daughter.


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellente intrigue médiévale 17 avril 2014
Par Veniza
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Une jeune nonne est malgré elle témoin de l'assassinat de l'archevêque de Canterburry Thomas Beckett. Elle va vite comprendre que cet homme est mort pour la protéger elle et sa mère. Mais qui donc leur veut du mal et pouquoi ? Quel secret sa mère lui cache-t-elle ? Un jeune chevalier mercenaire entrainé dans cette aventure du côté des oppresseurs va comprendre son erreur et venir en aide a la nonne. Ils vont ainsi aller d'aventure en aventure mais l'étau va se resserrer autour d'eux.
Le roman bâti autour d'un fait reel distille le suspense au fil de l'histoire jusqu'au denouement final.
Un bon moment de lecture !
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not for the faint-hearted 13 janvier 2015
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you are squeamish, this will not suit as the author enjoys discribing scenes of voilence in very graphic detail.
That didn't bother me so much as the very long, retetitious pages and pages of the scenery and so much irrelevent detail, trying perhaps to notch up the tension.
Didn't work for me, trawled through the first ten chapters and then went to the last one to see "who got the girl".
Who, incidentally, does not seem worth the effort.
To put it roughly - all that just to get to this end?
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 extrêmement décevant 26 décembre 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Le 1er chapitre est bien, on attend une histoire intéressante, mais ensuite on retombe sur une héroïne d'une classique immense stupidité, et l'écriture est lourde. Je n'ai pas pu finir le livre, ce qui est rare pour moi.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Fifth Knight Changes Everything 17 novembre 2012
Par Dianne Ascroft, historical fiction writer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This book is a fast paced story that provides a new twist on the story of Thomas Becket's murder. Adding the fifth knight changes everything you have heard about the event and opens up a gripping alternative account of it.

I was captivated by Sir Benedict, the knight the title refers to and his feisty companion, Sister Theodosia. I am fascinated by the world these characters live in. I can barely imagine what it would be like to be an anchoress and know that you will never leave the cell in which you live for the rest of your life or to be a knight and face constant hardship and battles. But I didn't have to strain my imagination as the author paints a vivid picture of what these characters' lives are like - I was enthralled by it.

I wholeheartedly recommend this novel and I found that National Short Story week was just the excuse I needed to treat myself to it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Oh cruel world! 27 novembre 2012
Par Erin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The language grips you and draws you into a reality so different, cold and cruel, that you want to escape. But that's not so easy as the plot, unrelenting, takes you from a battle at sea through cobbled streets to the cathedral where the gruesome murder takes place. You plan your escape at the end of the next chapter but, too late, the characters like a shroud have wrapped themselves around you and refuse to let go. You need to know what happens to Theodosia, are we seeing the true Palmer, where is this God forsaken journey going to end??
The best place to read this is in a warm bed and I can't wait for the next chapter........
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Medieval Roller Coaster Ride 30 janvier 2013
Par Tom Walsh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
"The Fifth Knight", by E.M. Powell, attracted me because I read many novels about Thomas Becket (my patron saint), The Templars and Arthurian Legend. What I took away from this work cannot be explained, except like this: I am richer in spirit and historic perspective because of it.

This novel is like a tapestry of the 12th Century, written with great detail, honesty with an eye to adventure and holiness. "The Fifth Knight" deals with Benedict Palmer, a knight, who was part of the murderous team assigned to assassinate The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. But, Benedict soon discovers guilt and true love from an unexpected hostage. The hostage is a nun, who learns the secret which justifies the actions, and, along with Benedict, begin the journey of a lifetime.

The author is no stranger to plot and character development. However, I was sad, at times, because the antagonist kills many beloved and kind characters who were my favorites. Like the authors of VicLit serials, the novel was released in parts, exclusively on Kindle. So, like Dickens or Collins, this author had to pace her plot, while it left us starved for the next one (and that, to me, was a good experience!) But, also like the serial writers of old, the plot, at times, slows down, at times. However, like a slow-moving carousel, who cares? The author always provides us shining, colored lights of authenticity and realism, and we are swept along with her prose, fascinated and enlightened.

The final part reads like a swashbuckling Scott novel. Its pace is cinematic, climatic, dynamic, but leads us to a final resolution: no, I will not reveal one detail.

If you like Arthurian adventure, scented with the realistic allure of the 12th Century, what keeps you from getting this novel? Billy Joel wrote: "Vienna waits for you." You will understand, after you read it, why I end with the phrase: "Paradise waits for you."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A New Historical Fiction Star 2 janvier 2013
Par Kellyann Zuzulo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I highly recommend this book. I purchased The Fifth Knight to check out the Kindle serials. I've received 4 episodes so far, which equals about 280 pages for $1.99. (Two more episodes to be delivered to my Kindle.) I didn't expect too much. Yet, the writing is excellent; the story is gripping; the characters are unforgettable. The two main characters, Theodosia and Sir Palmer, have an irresistible chemistry because of both their flaws and their virtues. Powell has obviously done her research into the period. I felt plunged into the rustic and rough world of the 12th century. I learned something new with Powell's detail around the history of Thomas Becket's murder. I didn't realize he was murdered on December 29th, 1170, which is exactly the day I started reading The Fifth Knight. It's also my husband's birthday but, don't worry, he's in no danger of having his brains smashed against the altar as poor Becket had. THE FIFTH KNIGHT is storytelling as good as Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth. Will definitely keep reading this author.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Fifth Knight: gripping stuff! 24 novembre 2012
Par G. P. Mather - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
"The Fifth Knight" is not a genre that I would normally be drawn to, but I started reading Episode 1 on a recommendation from a friend and was gripped from the start and can't wait to get my hands on the next part.

The two main characters, Palmer and Sister Theodosia are intriguing. I'm hoping for some form of redemption for Palmer and I have my own theories about why Theodosia is so important.

I like the way the vernacular is used to give a feel of the period, with words that I've never heard before, yet need little or no explanation.

I was about half-way through the first part when my doorbell rang and I was cursing because I needed to read on. I now feel the same about Episode 2. Bring it on!
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