Another Wonderful Review of Richard Liveth Yet

I had a lovely surprise the other day – this wonderful review arrived in my inbox. Reviews are life blood to writers and we are really grateful – this is quite a long one, but even short ones are much appreciated!

Richard Liveth Yet: A Historical Novel Set in the Present Day by Joanne R Larner

I have to confess that I approached this book with mixed feelings!  I am not a great reader of romantic/Mills and Boon type literature, but I do like science fiction and I am far too intrigued with the whole Richard III saga, and the concept of time travel to ignore it.

And I’m so glad I did get immersed in Joanne Larner’s whimsical adventure about King Richard dealing with the 21st century. Sure, there IS the (inevitable) romance, but it wasn’t the dominant feature of the tale, and it did serve to flesh out the characters. I was very impressed with the historic accuracy and obvious research that had gone into the book, indeed, there is a comprehensive bibliography included.

Richard’s grappling with the technology and the customs of the 21st century is amusing and revealing, and I think reflect a more modern and enlightened interpretation of his personality than the previous Tudor propaganda (OK! Yes, I am a steadfast Ricardian!!)  I don’t want to give too much away about these gems, but Richard researching the Battle of Bosworth on the internet, and being involved in modern day re-enactments of his battles was sheer inspiration.

The author also cleverly places the reader in the landscapes travelled, and I felt quite familiar with and at home in them. I was also fully engaged with the other characters in the story, who are sensitively crafted.

I recommend this book, and I’m looking forward to exploring the other two books in the trilogy: Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country and Richard Liveth Yet (Book III): Hearts Never Change.

Clare J

14 November 2020