THE LOST PROPHECIES (MEDIEVAL MURDERS 4) by The Medieval Murderers (comprising BERNARD KNIGHT, IAN MORSON, MICHAEL JECKS *, SUSANNA GREGORY *, PHILIP GOODEN, C.J. SANSOM *).
* Indicates an author I've previously read.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Now there's a question.
Albeit with a central theme, this, when all is said and done, is a collection of short stories which, as many of you know, isn't a favourite genre of mine, but I decided to give it a go as I was interested to read something else by C.J. Sansom (I love his Shardlake series) AND, secondly, I was intrigued to read for myself just whether or not this style of writing a novel would work ....... so did it?
Hmm, I have mixed feelings about this but, on the whole, would have to say that I was quite surprised at just how well it did work.
Set in the past (apart from C.J. Sansom's offering, which, the last story in the book, was set in the not too distant future) I was quite impressed at the array of different settings, one moment I found myself in an English monastery, the next in a Tartar tent in Russia, AND then there was the way in which (most of) the authors managed to bring the events and characters to life in such a relatively short time.
On the negative side though ..... it has to be said that some of the authors style of writing suited this book more than others which didn't make for a 'constant' read in that I found myself really enjoyed one act, finding it difficult to put the book down, only to then find myself struggling laboriously with the next act.
All in all, an interesting reading experience, not one I'm sure I'd want to repeat any time soon though, I'd recommend this as something just that little bit different.