My heartfelt thanks to KPR on Amazon.co.uk for their very kind review:
‘Alex Marchant skilfully transports the reader into the world of a medieval castle page, vividly painting details of his daily life, without laborious description or lecturing, and engrossing us in his story, which is by turns troubling, funny, moving and uplifting.
Gentle Ed, strong-hearted Alys, ever-optimistic Roger, obnoxious Hugh and narrator Matt, with his nagging self-doubt, are thoroughly well-drawn and real. And of course there is Duke Richard (soon to become Richard 3rd), and there are hugely important moments of history taking place, but I loved the way the novel approaches these great things obliquely, so that the reader’s main concern is what will happen for Matt and his friends.
Here is one favourite little extract: “Close your mouth, boy, don’t gawp. You mustn’t let these Londoners think we northern folk are overawed by their paltry town.” Sorry but over 500 years later that thought is still relevant. Also thank you A.M. for not copping out with a trite ending.’
You’re welcome, KPR!