Title: The Medievalist
Author: Anne-Marie Lacy
Published Date: November 21st 2017
Genre: Scottish, Fantasy
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Aspiring historian Jayne Lyons has pinned her career hopes on proving that her ancestor, King Richard III, is innocent of the murder of the Princes in the Tower. While volunteering at the search for his missing grave, she is cast back into the brutal 15th century, in the middle of Richard’s army camp.
As Jayne realizes she may not be able to return home, she adjusts to her new life and finds herself falling for Richard, and becoming his mistress. She even starts entertaining the hope of saving him.
But the Princes are missing, and all evidence points to Richard. When he asks her to spy for him against his enemy, Henry Tudor, she must decide whether to help the man she loves, even though he may be one of history’s greatest villains.
When history student Jayne Lyons finds an artifact that transports her back 500 years to the time of King Richard III’s reign. Smart young woman that she is, she quickly figures out how to blend into the brutal 15th century. She uses this time to try to solve the mystery of who really committed the murder of the Princes in the Tower, and along the way, she falls in love with Richard.
Author Lacy uses a dual point-of-view narration to tell her story. Additionally, she tells the tale in dual time periods. Her writing style flows, however, the story gets a bit bogged down in the introduction of an array of historical figures and secondary characters. While Ms. Lacy’s passion for the period is obvious, given the length of her book, I think it would have served her work of fiction to limit the characters. It is hard to fully develop so many characters, especially in only 300 pages.
Avid time-travel fiction fans might take issue with the minute details like consequences of the time travel, the details of understanding era-specific lingo and different accents. History buffs will be pleased to know that Ms. Lacy sticks to known history instead of creating an alternative ending. I try not to get to bothered about things like this as it is a work of fiction based on the imagination of the author. I do take issue with unrealistic proclamations of love instead of characters admitting it is probably just a physical attraction (lust) that could become a real love relationship.
I enjoyed The Medievalist as a work of historical fiction even though I was not terribly invested in the characters. I felt parts of the story were over worked and parts could have been explored further. Overall, it was an interesting read that will likely appeal to time-travel and historic fiction fans.
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