More exciting ups and downs than a white knuckle Roller Coaster ride. – Another cracking

installment in the Kydd and Renzi Saga from international best selling author Julian

Stockwin – Most Highly Recommended.

NAME: Persephone
FILE: R2541
AUTHOR: Julian Stockwin
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES:  398
PRICE: £18.99
GENRE: Fiction
SUBJECT: Denmark, Iceland, France, Royal Navy, Nore, Tyger, 
frigate, Napoleonic Wars, London, Society, Sir Thomas Kydd, 
Renzi, Copenhagen, Persephone Lockwood

ISBN: 978-1-473-64090-0

IMAGE: B2541.jpg6
DESCRIPTION: More exciting ups and downs than a white knuckle 
Roller Coaster ride.   - Another cracking installment in the Kydd 
and Renzi Saga from international best selling author Julian 
Stockwin – 
Most Highly Recommended.

This is an occasion of doubles. This exciting new story features 
the character Persephone Lockwood in the second book to be titled 
for her, her first outing being as “The Admiral's Daughter”. This 
publication also marks a change of pace with Julian Stockwin 
writing two books for release on 2017, the second instalment in 
the saga to be published later this year.

Persephone” is the 18th instalment in the Kydd and Renzi Saga and 
it is as fresh and enchanting as the first instalment “Kydd” all 
those years ago. As the saga has unfolded with each new book, it 
has exposed new layers to each of the characters. Over the years 
they have deepened and grown, as has the readership. This reviewer 
has reviewed each of the books and grown to look forward to the 
next story as keenly as any fan. From this experience, the reviewer 
would urge any new reader to enjoy this book, but then go out and 
buy all the previous books in the series. Each new story can stand 
on its own, but the reading of the complete series adds to the 
enjoyment and understanding as it brings the characters into three 
dimensions in a way that a single book cannot manage.

The challenge for a reviewer is to say enough about the new book 
that the review fairly reveals the quality of the author's work, 
but without spoiling the readers' enjoyment in discovering how the 
twists and turns, the range of emotions and the suspense and 
excitement all come together to make a cracking good yarn.

All established readers of the stories will find many characters 
that they have come to enjoy from earlier books. There are new 
characters, heroes and villains, but above all there are 
interesting pieces of information that are important elements of 
history that have somehow escaped most historians. The author 
displays his knowledge and love of the sea and ships and a great 
attention to research and detail that is crafted into the tale as 
natural components. The book is written to entertain, but also it 
educates with some fascinating information and insights.

In fairness to the other great writers of Napoleonic War naval 
fiction, writing past Trafalgar is a major challenge because it 
was such an iconic part of British history and integral to the 
myth and legend of its great hero Nelson. It is not only writers 
of fiction who have faced this challenge and been defeated, but 
also the body of historians. This is a great shame because naval 
warfare did not end at Trafalgar. True, the British Fleet had 
comprehensively vanquished the combined fleets of France and 
Spain. Those navies, individually or in concert would never be 
able to again confront the Royal Navy. It was not just an 
outstanding naval victory for the British, but it reinforced the 
naval superiority established in the Seven Years War a half 
century earlier when the Royal Navy dominated the waves. For 
historians, not much happened at sea after Trafalgar until the 
arms race between Britain and Germany at the start of the 
Twentieth Century, an apparent century of peace bought by Nelson 
and his Band of Brothers. The reality was very different. The 
Dash For Empire was only possible because the Royal Navy had won 
naval superiority and maintained it. There were also many more 
important naval events before the final defeat of Napoleon at 
Waterloo. Stockwin has done a great service by meeting and 
winning the challenge of Trafalgar and continuing the story of 
Kydd and his great friend Renzi beyond 1805. 

In “Tyger”, he wove in the story of the heroic fight of 
Generalleutnant Graf von Hohenlau and his Prussian Division 
against French Divisions commanded in the field personally by 
Napoleon. The Prussian's Russian allies broke and ran, allowing 
the French to encircle the Prussians. That did not deter  von 
Hohenlau who broke through the encirclement and fought his way to 
the Baltic coast. He then sent a messenger to the Royal Navy 
escort commander with the annual British Baltic trading convoy 
and asked for help in evacuating his troops off the beaches. 
Britain and Prussia were not allies but the British commander 
agreed to help and all but a small gallant rearguard protecting 
the evacuation were lifted off the beaches and carried the 
Prussians to their temporary capital. Although Prussia was 
then defeated by the French, the Prussians rose at the first 
opportunity and allied themselves to Britain. That might never 
have happened had not von Hohenlau been helped by the Royal Navy. 
It meant that their Prussian allies rode to the aid of the 
British at a critical point in the Battle of Waterloo, playing 
a decisive part in the ultimate defeat of Napoleon.

In this new tale, Stockwin has provided so much in one book. He 
has provided an absorbing view of Society and politics in Britain 
at the time and he has taken the story of what happened after the 
British attack on neutral Denmark with the changes in Iceland's 
fortunes all of that being part of the background canvas to the 
drama of Kydd's pursuit of Persephone Lockwood. Those who have 
read “The Admiral's Daughter” will remember that the earlier 
pursuit of Persephone did not go well for Kydd romantically, 
although his efforts to claw back from disaster did in fact help 
his naval career forward. Did this second pursuit succeed? Well 
you will only know by rushing out and buying this fantastic new 
tale. It will be a very enjoyable experience.