December, 1380. When the corpse of Sir Robert Kilverby is discovered in a locked room, Brother Athelstan accompanies the King’s coronor to investigate. For the late Sir Robert had in his possession a sacred bloodstone which he was planning to donate to the Abbey of St Fulcher-on-Thames.
The bloodstone has disappeared and the Regent is taking an uncomfortably close interest in the case. Athelstan is sceptical of rumours of a curse hanging over Kilverby and his comrades of the Wyvern Company. But then it is discovered that a second old soldier has been slain on the same night. As Athelstan begins to uncover the dark secrets surrounding the Abbey of St Fulcher, the bloodstone curse seems all too real.
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this is a book which needs listening to more than once as it is easy to miss things. to me it seemed quite complex and clever but i found it hard to follow in places so had to rewind a few times so i didnt miss the plot. however i did persevere and was pleased to get more absorbed in it as it progressed. it is a book you really need to listen to every word and the first few chapters are very descriptive, giving a lot of background to the story which emerges after the fist few chapters
Bloodstone is comparable with Bernard Knights (Crowner Series) and Ellis Peters (Cadfael) with a bit of added mystery. It is not quite as easy to listen to as these but I would still recommend it
The narrator has a lovely story telling voice and sounds quite like John Hurt. I think this made the listening experience well worth while and he has been chosen well for this story
Awful, awful narration