Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: A Murderous Procession - 4th in the Mistress of the Art of Death series
Author: Ariana Franklin
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Fiction
Year/Setting: 1170ís/Somerset, England
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Ariana's Website/Blog: www.arianafranklin.com
In the first Mistress in the Art of Death novel, readers were introduced to a fantastic heroine by the name of Adelia Aguilar. Adelia had been "removed" from her Sicilian home to become the personal physician of the King of England, and trained in the art of death. She is a true protector and had the ability and intelligence to find the sword Excalibur in her first adventure.
Now she's living a much more relaxed life. The King has let her be, although she can still not venture home to Sicily. She has, in fact, found love with a man by the name of Rowley who has been her lover, yet marriage is out of the question because the King decided to make Rowley a bishop - therefore relegating Adelia to a mistress and nothing more. The love between them is strong and a child has been made between the two, so Adelia has learned to relax a bit and live the "good life" in their town. She is still a physician but must stand behind an Arab eunuch and pretend that he is in charge. Why? Because no one would accept the fact that a woman would know medicine - she would simply be relegated to "witch" status and be put to death.
Rowley has become sick and tired of the woman he loves mixing with lepers in her daily life, and wants her to step away from illness, but Adelia refuses. She has always been strong and independent and doesnít want to lose that about herself. Of course, peace canít last for long in Adeliaís life. The King soon sends for her and tells her to be a part of the convoy that is delivering his very own daughter to her husband - the King of Sicily. Joanna, the child, is only ten years old and quite afraid of having to become a wife at such a young age. In addition, Adelia is told that the convoy will be carrying Excalibur with them - a mighty weapon that everyone wants to own. A young boy with a dog will be carrying out the subterfuge by walking with a cross that has Excalibur buried inside, and Adelia must watch out for any act of violence in order to deliver the sword and daughter safely to their destination.
Can she refuse? Absolutely not. The King will be keeping her own daughter imprisoned, in a way, with his Queen. Queen Eleanor has been locked away in fancy room because of trying to overthrow the King. Rowley is unconcerned about the setup - actually liking the fact that his daughter will be able to learn "lady-like" ways from a Queen instead of the hardheadedness of Adelia.
The mystery, suspense, and adventure never stop in this wonderful series and readers everywhere, if they havenít yet, will completely come to adore the mighty heroine, Adelia. Enjoy!
Until next time,
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