The Silence of Stones

The Silence of Stones

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"London, 1388. When the mythical Stone of Destiny disappears from the throne of England during mass in Westminster Abbey, the populace takes it as a sign to side with King Richard II's rebellious barons. The last thing the king needs is for his authority to be put in question, especially after his army suffers a crushing defeat against a Scottish uprising. Desperate, Richard calls in Crispin Guest to find the missing stone. And to ensure that he will do the deed, the king imprisons Jack Tucker and orders Crispin to find the stone before Parliament convenes in three days' time--or Jack will hang for treason."-- Amazon.com.
Publisher: Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, ©2015
ISBN: 9780727885623
9781847516718
Branch Call Number: WESTERS
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 23 cm

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eternalworx4
Jun 05, 2017

The Silence of Stones is Jeri Westerson's 8th offering in the ongoing saga of Crispin Guest and his apprentice, Jack Tucker. In this installment, Crispin gets backed into a corner by King Richard and young Jack's life is on the line because of it.

King Richard has been under the ever tightening leash of a council of lords and barons led by Henry Derby whose aim is to curb the king's uncontrolled frivolous spending and widespread gifting to his court favorites. His humiliation over this grows as he sees his "God appointed" rule as free reign and with no constraints. So when the Stone of Scone, a captured Scottish artifact manifesting England's supreme sovereignty, is stolen, Richard is overcome with fear that he will lose even more power at this perceived weakness. Despite his hatred of Crispin, he charges the Tracker with recovering the Stone or Jack will hang as a traitor.

Crispin runs into wall after wall as he wades through the variety of possible culprits and their motives while racing against time. As he applies his usual sharp mind to solve the seemingly twisted and random puzzles each antagonist weaves, he soon realizes how much Jack has come to mean to him and he fears he won't find the Stone in time.

Jack, in the meantime, is rescued from the horrific dungeon and deposited in a "squire's" room by Lady Katherine, Henry's childhood governess. And he finds himself doing his own "tracking" for none other than King Richard's young wife, Queen Anne. While Jack turns away from a chance at freedom to honor the oath he made to the young queen to help her, he develops a deeper understanding of his master's idea of honor and why it's so important.

Both Tracker and apprentice each recognize and acknowledge the deep and growing bond between them and the importance of their place in each other's lives. And once again, Jeri Westerson leads us through the looking glass to a vision of history that is far more entertaining and exciting to experience through her verbal painting than the actual events likely were for the original players.

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