1798. Three people, two brutal murders, and a single promise...
Golo Eck is searching for the fabled lost library of The Lynx, Europe’s first scientific society, founded in 1603. Fergus, his friend and fellow adventurer, is on the trail of the legend in Ireland when he becomes embroiled in the uprising of the United Irish against English rule. His only hope of escape is Greta, a courageous messenger for the United Irish cause. Following the bloody battles of New Ross and Vinegar Hill, Fergus is missing, and Greta is on the run.
Golo meanwhile suspects other forces are on the trail of the Lynx, and he heads to Holland in pursuit. When Golo’s ship founders and he disappears, his ward Ruan is left to fend for himself, a stranger in a strange land.
Can Ruan pursue the trail to the lost library? Will Golo and Fergus be found? Can Greta escape Ireland with her very life? And will the truth of the Legacy of the Lynx finally be revealed?~Goodreads Blurb
From the cover to the description of the story I was ready to dive into this new book whole-hearted. A historical fiction story with a lost library and some fighting in the Irish Rebellion, sign me up. Though it isn't a very long book, at 368 pages, I almost felt that I was reading something that might have been better divided into two books. It was less about the lost library and more about our two main characters' journeys. The story throws in different characters to create a more complete tapestry that, at times, doesn't always make sense to me. I found myself trying to speed read through certain passages to get back to other characters who I found more interesting.
I did find author Clio Gray’s style and characterization welcoming. Instead of writing simple characters that can be pigeon-holed into good versus bad, or lovable and annoying, we see characters that grow into themselves as the story progresses. The readers are left wanting the best for the characters, instead of hoping they get killed off à la George RR Martin. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy adventures, coming of age stories, and historical fiction. It is not one of those books you can speed through and I would suggest this with a cup of tea and a cozy chair. Get comfortable and let it wash over you.
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NetGalley's note from the Publisher: Clio was born in Yorkshire, spent her later childhood in Devon before returning to Yorkshire to go to university. For the last twenty five years she has lived in the Scottish Highlands where she intends to remain. She eschewed the usual route of marriage, mortgage, children, and instead spent her working life in libraries, filling her home with books and sharing that home with dogs. She began writing for personal amusement in the late nineties, then began entering short story competitions, getting short listed and then winning, which led directly to a publication deal with Headline. Her latest book, The Anatomist's Dream, was nominated for the Man Booker 2015 and long listed for the Bailey's Prize in 2016...
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