It’s midweek and time for another review. This novel, Kindred Spirits: Regal Retribution by Jennifer C Wilson, arrived on the bookshelf thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and thank you for inviting us to the blog tour.
Book Review: Kindred Spirits: Regal Retribution by Jennifer C Wilson
Title: Kindred Spirits: Regal Retribution
Author: Jennifer C Wilson
Release Date: 8th August 2022
US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B3238S5Y/
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0B3238S5Y/
A visit to London’s West End sends an already angry ghost into a fury, vowing revenge on those he believes have wronged him in life (and in death).
Soon, the attacks begin – across the city and beyond – revealing that rarest of beings: haunted ghosts!
When a pattern starts to emerge, a council is established to formulate a plan, but can they work out who is behind the hauntings? As the severity escalates, can the combined force stop the avenging spirit, before the worst happens?
Bringing together the ghostly communities of the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and other places, discover friendships and feuding in the race to retaliation…
Thoughts From the Emporium
This is the first time Willow had read a Kindred Spirit novel despite there being several from the series on the lending library shelf. A short humorous story with a full cast of historical characters, she found herself swept away by the ghosts’ banter, relationships and hunt for the revengeful spectre who is terrorising anyone who’d crossed him in life and beyond.
Though Willow enjoys historical fiction, many years have passed since she went to school and her knowledge of the monarchs is patchy but luckily there is a useful who’s who guide at the beginning. This proved invaluable as monarchs from different eras interact and develop friendships from beyond the grave. With a murderous ghost on the rampage, this is an entertaining, hectic read which explores what happens when feuds from life continue and ghosts take offense when modern historians and society view past monarchs differently to how they want to be perceived.
It was lovely to see how the ghosts at different well-known locations have developed over the centuries and have a separate life away from the tourists who visit. It can be read as a standalone, but you’d get a fuller experience by reading the others in the series.
Willow would recommend to history fans who want some light-hearted escapism and a historical novel with a supernatural twist.
Jennifer has been stalking dead monarchs since she was a child. It started with Mary, Queen of Scots, then moved onto Richard III. At least now it results in a story!
She won North Tyneside Libraries’ Story Tyne short story competition in 2014 (no dead monarchs, but still not a cheerful read), and has been filling notebooks and hard-drives ever since. Her Kindred Spirits series, following the ‘lives’ of some very interesting ghostly communities, is published by Darkstroke, and her historical romances by Ocelot Press.
Jennifer is currently exploring some new ideas for historical romance, and hoping to visit Kindred Spirit friends old and new, north of the border…
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