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Devil’s Wolf

5 Feb

Paul Doherty brings Sir Hugh Corbett out to play in the excelled “Devil’s Wolf”.

In 1296 Edward I sacked Berwick in a shameful display of cruelty and murder.

Years later, his son is on the throne of England, Scotland is as big a mess as ever, and Henry Percy has bought Alnwick castle with gods know what ideas in mind.

Sir Hugh Corbett is despatched north to visit Percy, locate the Lily Crown of Scotland, and negotiate a hostage transfer. His retinue is attacked by a coven known as the Black Chesters, someone tries to murder both him and his Master of Archers Ap Ythel, and there is the matter of the mysterious one-eyed bowman. Not to mention the fact that bloody handed murder seems to be raging unchecked.

I have never been as big a fan of Hugh Corbett as I have of Brother Athelstan, but this book is excellent. Full of red herrings and surprises.

I like the way Paul Doherty grows his characters. Hugh Corbett is a different man in many ways from the one we met way back in “Satan in St Mary’s”. But the biggest change is in Ranulf atte Newgate. Corbett’s trusted right hand has come a long way from the terrified boy that Hugh saved from judicial hanging.

Great characters and a great plot. Paul Doherty never goes stale.

Highly recommended.

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