Author(s): Toby Clements
"'An enthralling adventure story, honest and powerful. The Wars of the Roses are imagined here with energy, with ferocity, with hunger to engage the reader.' Hilary MantelLent, 1469The recent wars between the House of York and the House of Lancaster seem over. The Yorkist King Edward sits on his throne in Westminster, while the Lancastrian claimants are in exile or under lock and key in the Tower. But within the family of York there is discord. The Earl of Warwick conspires against his King, and while to one another's faces they are all smiles, their household men speak in lies and whispers. No man comes to court unarmed. Thomas and Katherine have returned to Marton Hall, the only home they know. But what lies buried in the past cannot remain so for long, and soon they are forced to take up arms once more in one of the most savage wars in history. The Wars of the Roses . . ."
"Once again Toby Clements knocks it out of the park ... the characters and the writing is first class, there are no holes or weaknesses in the plot of this book that just powers along, holding the reader remorselessly in its grip" Parmenion Books "Prepare to be immersed in a brutal, mesmerising tale." The Times "Toby Clements' Kingmaker saga has become one of my favourite historical series and without doubt Divided Souls is my favourite so far and, considering how fantastic Winter Pilgrims is, that's quite an achievement ... This is such a well-written series." For Winter Nights "Toby Clements has just given enough time for our finger nails to grow before making us chew them down again ... Toby comes at us with twists and shocks that keep the pages turning." The Bookbag "Brilliant, vividly real and fast moving ... Historical novel writing at its best" Lancaster Guardian
Toby Clements was inspired to write the Kingmaker series having first become obsessed by the Wars of the Roses after a school trip to Tewkesbury Abbey, on the steps of which the Lancastrian claim to the English throne was extinguished in a welter of blood in 1471. Since then he has read everything he can get his hands on and spent long weekends at re-enactment fairs. He has learned to use the longbow and how to fight with the poll axe, how to start a fire with a flint and steel and a shred of baked linen. He has even helped tan a piece of leather (a disgusting experience involving lots of urine and dog faeces). Little by little he became less interested in the dealings of the high and mighty, however colourful and amazing they might have been, and more fascinated by the common folk of the 15th Century: how they lived, loved, fought and died. How tough they were, how resourceful, resilient and clever. As much as anything this book is a hymn to them. He lives in London with his wife and three children. This is his second novel.