Goodreads has this listed as "John Gower #1." So we can expect a series out of this, which doesn't surprise me in the least. Maybe this will turn away from "thriller" into "murder mystery" which I think I personally would have enjoyed more.
I realize that my Goodreads review makes it sound like I liked this much better than I actually did. Or maybe I really did enjoy it - and even learned something new. So, plot aside, it wasn't THAT bad.
A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A fast-paced, enjoyable historical thriller. The storyline is as crooked as Gropecunte Lane (probably was), but Holsinger's wonderful characters more than make up for a knot of a plot. Real historical characters (King Richard II, John of Gaunt, Chaucer, the poet John Gower) are interspersed with characters from his imagination, including a group of well drawn and interesting maudlyns (prostitutes). I think Holsinger definitely captures the flavor of the Middle Ages, and his use of the maudlyns as main characters is something unique; most of the time, novels about the Middle Ages are about the upper classes, royalty and knights, or about upper class "whores" like Katheryn Swynford (such as Anya Seton's famous historical novel Katherine which I've read and enjoyed). Particularly intriguing is Eleanor Rykener, a transgender maudlyn, based on an actual person from the Middle Ages; transgender folk are often throw-aways or jokes, but Eleanor was refreshingly and delightfully real and heroic. I guess this is going to be part of a series, I must say I'd read on - hopefully the plots get a bit better.
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