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TITLE: Five wounds
AUTHOR: Katharine Edgar
RELEASE DATE: February 27th 2015
PUBLISHER: Greengate books
PAGE COUNT: 253
It is 1536. The north of England has boiled over into rebellion against Henry VIII. Sixteen year old Nan Ellerton must choose - help the rebels, even though it could mean paying the brutal penalty for treason, or betray her beliefs and risk eternal damnation.
Five Wounds is a novel for teenagers that tells a story of adventure, passion and courage, set against the background of the Pilgrimage of Grace.
I must admit, it's been quite a long time since I read this book. It's also been quite a long time since I actually wrote a book review too. Basically, this review might be a total mess and it's pretty short. Sorry about that!
Five wounds follows the story of Nan and is set during the Tudor times, which is an era I know nothing about. Luckily I didn't find the historical aspects of the novel hard to understand at all and I really enjoyed reading about a time period that I hadn't read about before. I can't say whether the book was historically accurate or not, but I definitely got the impression that Katharine Edgar had done her research and knew how to realistically present the time period.
I enjoyed Nan as a character; although she could be frustratingly naive at times I thought she was a strong and compelling protagonist for the story. I appreciated the fact that her actions made sense with the upbringing she had instead of just forgetting that to make the story easier. As for the side characters, they were interesting enough whilst I was reading but I honestly can't remember anything about them now. There were quite a lot of characters and I just felt like they needed a little but more development and individuality in order to stand out from every other fictional character.
I found the plot to be interesting for the most part, however it definitely dragged at times and I found myself starting to lose interest. One of the main things that restricted my enjoyment of this book (not that I didn't like it, I really did!) was that I read it during Dewey's 24 hour readathon, so I was pushing myself to read it as fast as possible and not giving myself time to take everything in. I probably would have enjoyed it even more if I had given myself more time and noticed the slow parts of the story less than I did. The plot definitely picked up near the end of the book, and there were some scenes that totally had my heart racing.
Also, the name of the town I live in was mentioned at one point during this book and it made me a lot more excited than it probably should have. There are never any books set where I live!
Five wounds was an interesting read, totally unlike anything I've read before. I really enjoyed the historical aspects and the story was very intriguing, however it didn't stand out from all the other books I read and I found the story dragged at times.