The Bones of Avalon

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Phil Rickman, 2010

In this, the first of the two-book series “The John Dee Papers,” Dr. John Dee is tasked with a Quest to obtain for his queen, Elizabeth I, the bones of King Arthur. As a bonus, Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth’s Master of the Horse, comes along for the ride.

I wrote a more detailed review of the 2nd book in the series, The Heresy of Dr. Dee. The two books are very similar in tone and plot, so I’ll provide my rating here: Four stars for character development, four stars for plot, and five stars for the creation of a well-developed world. Phil Rickman does not disappoint. (Well – I am disappointed, but only because the series is truncated. Luckily, he has many more titles I can dip into.)

Sean Barrett narrates admirably.

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