Loved the historic and geographical setting – Owain Glyndŵr and the Last [Welsh] War of Independence, with much of the plot centred on the Welsh Marches, Hay on Wye and the Golden Valley; the interwoven modern, paranormal and psycho killer plot strands, not so much.
I’m still waiting for a historical novel to feature the Cistercian monastery at Dore Abbey. Sleeper’s Castle came close.
I had no idea the Scudamore family had such deep roots in Herefordshire – they received lands there from William the Conqueror, and it was Sir John Scudamore who married Alys Glyndŵr in the early 1400s. They lived at Kentchurch, between Garway Hill and Ewyas Harold, and there’s a possibility that Alys’ father spent his final years in hiding there too.
A nice part of the world in which to live….
Author page: Sleeper’s Castle – Barbara Erskine