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Posted June 6, 2003
A successful nineteenth-century businessman, Alexander Becket, was a rich and eccentric fellow who founded an exclusive little country that never prospered past the year of 1450. To enter 'Becket' was like walking back in time. It was a medieval society. It remained that way even as the rest of the world progressed around it. ............ Charles Hepburn entered a forest and became lost. After wandering for three days he stumbled into Becket. Enchanted by the realm, he requested permission from King James to remain instead of returning to the Outside. Charles was appointed tutor to the Crown Princes. However, he ended up being taken under the wing by the King's Champion, Lord Robert. ........... Robert MacKinnon, Seventh Duke of Northumberland, made Charlie his protege. Determined to have Charlie knighted within a year, Robert taught him the art of warfare with various weapons. The two become close friends and the reader follows them as they deal with ambushes, betrayals, fights, and political intrigue. ........... *** This is book one of a series. The first hundred pages are spent helping the reader understand how Charles left modern civilization to embrace the secluded medieval society and who the main characters of the first book will be. From then on, the Outside world is rarely mentioned. Charles learns about the realm, enters battle-after-battle, and meets interesting characters along the way. ............ It is my belief that from book two onward, the series may get even more interesting. The characters will already be known by the reader and time will not have to be spent getting orientated. All-in-all, I found this to be a VERY good debut novel and worthy of anyone who is a fan of medieval history. ***Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.