I received a copy of LUCIFER’S HARVEST by Mel Starr from Lion Fiction via Kregel in exchange for an honest review. It is the ninth installment in the Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon.
I must say that I am a sucker for historical fiction. I am a sucker for mysteries. What is better than a mystery set in the Middle Ages? I am a huge fan of history, so I love it when books reference historical characters as everyday occurrences. Such things always give me a happy chill.
In this book, Hugh is sent to battle against France by wishes of Baron Gilbert and Prince Edward. I found it sad that he didn’t know if he would return to his wife and children. Now that I have a baby son, I feel differently about parental separation.
It turns out that Sir Simon Trillowe is another fighting man. From the series, you know that he and Hugh are enemies. Then, Sir Simon Trillowe is found dead. A mystery ensues with lots of intrigue and the usual beautiful, detailed descriptions of the setting. I love this series for how it immerses the reader in the time period. Something to note is that this book is shorter than usual. I found that some parts felt a bit rushed, but overall it was an enjoyable read like usual.