A Game of Sorrows : Alexander Seaton

  • by S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by David Monteath
  • Series: Alexander Seaton
  • 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1628, Charles I is on the throne, and the British Crown is finally taking control of Ulster. Returning to his rooms one night, Alexander Seaton is shocked to find a stranger standing there - a man who could be his double. His name is Sean O'Neill, and he carries a plea for help from Maeve O'Neill, forbidding matriarch of Alexander's mother's family in Ireland. All those who bear their blood have been placed under a curse and only Alexander, whose heritage has been kept a secret, is immune.
So Alexander travels to Ulster, to find himself at the heart of a family divided by secrets and bitter resentments. Tensions rise until Alexander is finally confronted by murder within his own family, and it seems as though his liberty and even his life could be at stake.

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Excellent history

Second book of a trilogy about Alexander Seaton.
In this book Alexander goes to Ulster to help his mother's family. His grandmother fears the threat of a curse, caused by her own marriage and then her daughters' marriages which seem a betrayal of the Irish. A vicious woman who is tied up in her Irish roots, she will do anything to promote the cause.
This period with English Planters brought over to colonise Ulster is a little known period, and explains much of the later hostilities in Ireland. It takes place almost 400 years ago, during the Stuart period. It is sad that some memories should last so long.
Listening to the introduction I thought that it did not sound particularly interesting, but I misjudged it.
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- Gordon

Gripping read!

I have never given an audiobook five starts before, but I really enjoyed the second instalment of Alexander Seaton's story. As an historian, I found it gripping on all sorts of levels, but most of all the elements of surprise, colour and detail. It is very difficult to write in the language of today about events that took place almost 400 years ago and create a sense of atmosphere. This book manages to do this to a certain extent, but it is above all the gripping narrative that makes this audiobook impossible to put down or - more appropriately - switch off. I think that Mantel is better at evoking atmosphere and period detail, but S G Maclean's narrative is much more free-flowing and enticing.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios