Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fiction Review: The Mark of the King

"The Mark of the King" is one of those historical fiction books that is more planned out and spans a longer period of time, and because of that it requires more investment from the reader. It took me a while to finish reading this novel, but I found it a rewarding read.

The story takes place at a time when France was sending convicts and others to Louisiana to settle an claim land. Julianne Chevalier is a midwife condemned for the death of one of her clients. Forced to marry and over time in love with another man, she searches for the truth behind her soldier brother's disappearance. Meanwhile, she must deal with the harsh lifestyle of Louisiana and the injustices present there, particularly with the way native peoples are treated.

My only qualm with this book is that author Jocelyn Green chose to tell the story from multiple points of view that don't always last for longer than a chapter or two. It's a pet peeve of mine, and I much prefer a novel with consistent narration. However, Green's writing style attests  to detailed research and is captivating on its own terms.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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