Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book Nook: Antonía Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore

I recently had a chance to review Jane Carter Barrett’s Antonía Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore [River Grove Books, February 9, 2016], which takes a look at the crazy adventures of Mary, Queen of Scots' fictional daughter. It's a period romance that takes a look at Antonia Barclay, as she goes on a quest to find her real mother, Mary Queen of Scots. She also wants to find the long-lost Scottish Royal Sceptre - but she's kidnapped by Sir Basil Throckmorton, villain and alchemist, who wants to use her to get the throne. Claymore must find her soon, or she'll need to marry Throckmorton, who will gain control of both Scotland and England.

It's a fun book, very nice and light reading for summer. If you like period romances, or historical fiction, this is a good book - as long as you aren't looking for anything with any historical accuracy. The heroine, although she needs to be rescued, is still independent, and the book makes use of wordplay and melodrama to keep the story moving, along with swordplay and adventure, which add just the right amount of suspense to this romantic novel. 

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