Persephone : Thomas Kydd

  • by Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by Christian Rodska
  • Series: Thomas Kydd
  • 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Compelling naval action from the master of the sea story.
November 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd must sail to Lisbon to aid the Portuguese Royal Family's evacuation in the face of Napoleon's ruthless advance through Iberia. In the chaos of the threatened city, an old passion is reawakened when he meets Persephone Lockwood, a beautiful and determined admiral's daughter from his past. But the Royal Family's destination is Brazil, Perspehone's England, and it seems Kydd's chance has gone again. Only later he discovers Persephone has another suitor - and if he wants to win her hand, he must enter the highest echelons of London society.
Mixing with aristocracy and royalty brings other responsibilities. The Prince of Wales asks him to take temporary command of the Royal Yacht. Sailing to Yarmouth, Kydd realises they are being stalked by French privateers. The terrible threat of a prince of the blood being captured sees Kydd call on daring seamanship of the highest order.

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"In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world." (Guardian)

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The Eye of the Storm - We Hope!

It’s been a thrilling ride throughout this series, Stockwin has re-produced some of England’s finest naval history through the eyes of his lead, Sir Thomas Kydd. He’s balanced fantastic action with some of the wider aspects of social history all backed up by his wonderful knowledge and meticulous research. I don’t think I was alone though in having some misgivings after the last book “Inferno” where the choice of the Siege of Copenhagen necessarily side-lined Kydd for most of the book. It still delivered some great action but by and large it didn’t feel like a Kydd novel.

Hoping for a return to form and some great adventures for Kydd now that he has his heart’s desire in the Tyger this was a book I anticipated very keenly. Firstly I can say on the positive side that Christian Rodska is still as good as ever and delivers what’s in front of him with his usual excellence. There are also some very well-written scenes involving some of our favourite characters. The problem for me is that having sidelined Kydd in “Inferno” regular fans of the series would be expecting Kydd and his ship to have spectacular adventures in this one. The balance though runs contrary to that, although action does sporadically threaten to break out it is usually quickly quashed. The story is almost entirely the rather unpredictable love story of Kydd and his old flame Persephone Lockwood. Towards the end Kydd gets embroiled in what seems to be a classic “Kydd” situation but this is dropped almost without ceremony making the experience a little frustrating. The love story angle seems to have strangled the other very good ideas that were vying for attention within the overall plot.

So, the Kydd series is a massive favourite of mine and always will be but for my tastes at least Stockwin needs to adjust course a bit and let Kydd and Tyger have more of the adventures that the series is famous for. So yes I’m hoping that these last two books represent the eye of the storm and that we’ll soon pass through it and experience the exuberant force of nature that we all know Kydd can be!
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- Simon

A change from sea routine

Although Kydd doesn't spend a great deal of time at sea in this book - instead he mixes with the great and the good - Stockwin still creates as vivid a story and set of characters as ever (and there are still a few sea skirmishes!). Rodska's narration is - as is to be expected - excellent as always.
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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-05-2017
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton