E. M. Powell is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

The Blood of the Fifth Knight

“The Blood of the Fifth Knight” by E. M. Powell

Published on… 1 January 2015
Published as… Historical Fiction

A Chat with…Sir Benedict Palmer

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you?

Sir Benedict Palmer: The Blood of the Fifth Knight.

Bella: Can you tell us a little about it?

Sir Benedict Palmer: England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for attempting to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.

Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.

As Palmer races to secure the throne for the King, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and a worthy follow-on to E.M. Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?

Sir Benedict Palmer: In my first outing in The Fifth Knight, I was a mercenary knight and got mixed up in the murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. I’m happy to confirm that I was on the side of good all along, and saved the life of the king’s daughter, Theodosia. I saved her out of loyalty to the king but also because I fell for her. Hard. It took her a bit longer for her to fall for me. But then she was living the life of an anchoress. That’s a nun who lives hidden away from the world. In The Blood of the Fifth Knight, it’s four years later. I’m now living quietly as a farmer. But Henry summons me back to his service once again, as someone is trying to kill his mistress, the Fair Rosamund. That means I have to leave Theodosia, (who is now my wife) and our two young children, while I serve my king. I hate to do that, but believe I’m keeping them out of harm’s way. I couldn’t be more wrong.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.

Sir Benedict Palmer: She claims to work really hard but I never see her with a churn or a scythe in her hand. She seems to like looking at a Book of Faces a lot, but it seems to mostly consist of images of cats. She describes how she tweets but I never hear the sound of birds, just the clicking of those small black plastic squares she keeps in front of her square lamp. She also talks to her hound a lot. And she often laughs when she researches my time period and discovers something even more foul. She’s a bit of a worry.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?

Sir Benedict Palmer: I hate leaving my family but I have to do my duty, which is to protect Rosamund. But Rosamund is more than fair. And seems to be more interested in bedding me than the King. That is not, repeat not, a position that bodes well for my life chances.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?

Sir Benedict Palmer: As usual, the author throws everything at me. I fight, hunt, battle fires and more. Try to keep my head on my shoulders, despite Rosamund’s interest in me. I even have a couple of close encounters with a leopard. Yes, that’s a leopard in twelfth century England. Henry really had a menagerie of exotic animals. I did mention the author’s tendency to find unpleasant facts, didn’t I?

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.

Sir Benedict Palmer: My future looks extremely bleak. There’s a mounting body count and suddenly I’m the one under suspicion. Worse, I thought my beloved Theodosia and my children were safe. But they most certainly are not.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?

Sir Benedict Palmer: She’s bringing me to Ireland with John (the youngest son of Henry II, who will one day become the despised King John).  He’s having a disastrous campaign in Ireland in 1185. I’ve been sent by Henry to keep watch on the impetuous John. But I uncover a plot by John to make his mark on the Lordship of Ireland by appalling means. He has to be stopped at all costs, with only me standing in his way.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?

Sir Benedict Palmer: A friend of the author has suggested Aidan Turner. I might have other ideas but the author is extremely happy with her friend’s suggestion. I don’t dare argue with her. No-one does.

About the Book

A triumphant sequel to Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight. A desperate king trusts a lone knight to unravel a web of murder.

England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for her failed attempt to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.

Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.

As Palmer races to secure his King’s throne, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and worthy sequel to E.M. Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight.

Buy the Book at Amazon

About the Author

Renea Mason Author Photo
E.M. Powell is the author of medieval thriller THE FIFTH KNIGHT which was a #1 Amazon Bestseller. Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State) she now lives in the north west of England with her husband and daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She is a reviewer of fiction and non-fiction for the HNS.

~* Website *~

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.

  • Bloglovin’

  • On Facebook

  • On Twitter

  • GoodReads

    My Reviews:
    Mia Darien's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)
  • Goodreads Challenge

    2015 Reading Challenge

    2015 Reading Challenge
    Mia has read 0 books toward her goal of 52 books.
    hide
  • Masquerade Tours

  • Historical Fiction Tours

  • Red Moon Tours

  • Reading Addiction Tours

  • Brook Cottage Books

  • Book Blogger List

  • Netgalley

Follow

Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: