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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite
Wow! Just, wow! That’s exactly what I thought when I finished reading Reign of the Marionettes, the first published novel by author Sheena Macleod. This book hooked me from the very first pages and kept me up all night, obsessively reading until the very end! Taking place during the reign of Charles the Second, the story follows the life of Countess Elizabeth Herbert as she does all that she can to keep her family safe from harm in a time when suspicion abounds and both political and religious unrest threaten all that many hold dear. When Elizabeth’s husband, William, the Earl of Powis, is accused of being part of a plot to overthrow King Charles and replace him with a Catholic heir, Elizabeth knows that she must use every bit of her wit and intelligence to stop what seems like his inevitable execution and the ruin of her family. But when she finds that there is a much deeper plot afoot, she realizes that her fight just might bring her up against one of the most powerful men in England. Who will prevail? You’ll need to read this excellent novel to find out!
I loved Reign of the Marionettes. Loved. It. How’s that for a review? Well, it is definitely how I felt about the wonderful offering by author Sheena Macleod. The story is compelling, well-paced, and filled with historical details that make it seem as real as it possible can. Author Macleod has done a masterful job at creating realistic characters that her readers will relate to, connect with, and truly come to care about. If that isn’t a hallmark of a great author, I’m not sure what is. Any reader who enjoys historical fiction, a story with lots of intrigue, or just an excellent work of fiction in general should absolutely read this book. I am so pleased to be able to highly recommend Reign of the Marionettes and I look forward to reading more from author Sheena Macleod as soon as I possible can!