Midnight, Westminster Abbey, Friday, October 27, 1307. Lord Cristian Gilleson keeps a lonely vigil at the tomb of King Edward the First.
Death stalks the Abbey as King Edward II, Piers Gaveston and their supporters seek to destroy Cristian before the funeral rites begin. A long night of danger awaits and many will not live to see the dawn.
Darius Stransky’s The King’s Jew is a riveting, well-researched story set in the late thirteenth, early fourteenth century in England. Told in a cyclical manner, the plot focuses on one night in the protagonist’s life as he guards the tomb of a dead king and then rotates through his early years leading up to this night.
Filled with intrigue and adventure, The King’s Jew is a heartfelt tale of how one can be disappointed in a person but still love them deeply. Though there needed to be more careful editing to ensure consistent verb tense throughout and to lessen the jarring aspect of the transitions in scenes, the plot is fast-paced, and the characters are well-rounded and authentic.
Stransky builds the tension throughout the story, and the ending sets the reader up to eagerly anticipate the next installment in the series. The King’s Jew is a gripping, memorable tale filled with loyalty and betrayal, honor and courage in the face of prejudice.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction with an emphasis on intrigue, friendship, the political climate of the era, and adventure