What I’m Reading…
I recently finished The Silver Skull, a novel by Mark Chadbourne, part of his Swords of Albion trilogy. In all, a pretty good read at a hair over 400 pages. The novel follows the exploits of Will Swyfte, England’s greatest spy. Swyfte is Elizabethan England’s equivalent of James Bond: dashing, rakish and quick witted. While the threat of the Spanish Armada looms over England, Swyfte and a few other stalwarts work behind the scenes to protect Queen and kingdom from the true threat: the Fae and the Unseelie Court.
It’s a solid novel, well paced and tightly written. Its not without its faults – the threat and villainous plot feels almost anachronistic in this day and age – but these are outweighed by what the novel does right. It’s also a first novel, so one has to forgive the author a certain amount. I’ve added the follow up, the Scar-Crow Men, to my future reading list.
If that sounds right up your alley, start bugging the librarians at LPL for a copy.