Kingmaker Divided Souls by Toby Clements

 Kingmaker Divided Souls cover

Kingmaker Divided Souls by Toby Clements was first published in 2016 and it’s the second book in the author’s Kingmaker series which begins with Winter Pilgrims, the second one is Broken Faith. I hadn’t read either of those ones as I was given this book by a friend who had bought two copies by mistake (we’ve all done it) and as I had recently read Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses series I thought I would manage this one history wise anyway – which I did.

Toby Clements’s series seems to concentrate on telling the story from an ordinary person’s point of view rather than through an exalted character, so it’s all quite domestic and doesn’t have an awful lot of battles in it although there is some fighting.

The story begins just after Easter in 1469, Thomas and Katherine Everingham have built a little home for themselves on their employer’s land, but everything changes for them when their boss dies suddenly and his widow’s sons arrive to take over the running of the estate and they reluctantly have to leave their home and workplace and take to the road again with some friends, one of whom is heavily pregnant.

It looks very much like war is about to break out again with the Earl of Warwick conspiring against King Edward, mainly because of the behaviour of the king’s in-laws. The earl is scouring the countryside to gather up a large army to attack the king, but Thomas and his friends have had enough of fighting in their lifetime – not that they have much choice.

This was a really good read with adventure, intrigue and some great characters.

4 thoughts on “Kingmaker Divided Souls by Toby Clements

  1. Well, I do enjoy the Wars of the Roses (although it is easy to lose track of who is who) so this sounds intriguing. I am not familiar with this or the Conn Iggulden series you mention so I will investigate.

    • Constance,
      I really enjoyed the Conn Iggulden series but I think I’ll go back to the beginning of this Toby Clements series to see what I missed, especially as the second one seems to be about Bamburgh Castle and we’ve been wanting to visit it since before Covid appeared.

  2. I read the first book, Winter Pilgrims, a few years ago but still haven’t continued with the rest of the series. I remember enjoying it, although there were quite a few battle scenes in that one, I think.

    • Helen,
      I intend to get around to reading the earlier books sometime. I’m glad that I read the Iggulden books first as until I did so it was a part of English history that I knew very little about.

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