Book Review: The Summer of the Danes (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #18) by Ellis Peters
“I do not spoil what I wish to sell,” agreed Otir. “And when I collect what is due me, it will be from the debtor.”
Outside the Main Sequence of Cadael stories, but a rollicking good tale. Whenever Cadfael has leave to get close to his Welsh roots, murder and mayhem are sure to follow. Here Cadfael must solve a crime with international implications or what passes for order in northern Wales may be overturned.
“Wonderful what riches a man can bestow who by choice and vocation possesses nothing!”
Many of the usual suspect—in type, if not in person—inhabit this chapter of the chronicles. If anything, the tale is populated with too many characters too similar. In addition to the usual murder mystery and romance, Pargeter reflects on matters of humility, duty and honor.
“There is no one who cannot be hated, against whatever odds. Nor anyone who cannot be loved, against all reason.”
Though maps are provided, a good map of northern Wales would be a handy supplement for those readers who like to stay grounded in the geography of the tale. The descriptions are such that no ones gets lost, who doesn’t want to.
“But when it comes down to it, as roads go, the road home is as good as any.”