Review: The Blood of the Fifth Knight by E.M. Powell


Publication Date: January 1, 2015 Thomas & Mercer Formats: eBook, Paperback Pages: 368p

Genre: Historical Thriller

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.


First, I’d like to say that this stories setting and time is one of my favorites in English history. A year ago when The Fifth Knight came out, I was truly impressed with the book and the author’s writing style, her grasp of England’s medieval history and culture had me thoroughly engrossed. Not only that, her characters were wonderfully written, so intriguing and I was engrossed with the characters plights. What an adventure! Waiting a year for the next installment of this story was extremely taxing…in a good way. Is that possible?

I do love a good mystery thriller and a historical one to boot. The Blood of the Fifth Knight was to my expectations and more. I was so thrilled to be reading about Benedict and Theodosia again! They are two characters you will love and will always remember. Fantastic book cover. Atmospheric. True to culture. The historical details plunges you in England 1176 and you will not want to come back to your reality for a while! A must read.

Stephanie M. Hopkins

Review Praise for The Fifth Knight

“Powell does a masterful job. Highly recommended.” Historical Novels Review

About the Author

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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. Find out more by visiting You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, January 1 Review at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, January 2 Spotlight at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Monday, January 5 Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog

Thursday, January 8 Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Monday, January 12 Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee Character Interview at Boom Baby Reviews

Tuesday, January 13 Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, January 14 Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Friday, January 16 Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Saturday, January 17 Interview at Dianne Ascroft Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession

Monday, January 19 Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Tuesday, January 20 Review at Books and Benches Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Wednesday, January 21 Review at Just One More Chapter

Monday, January 26 Spotlight at Susan Heim on Writing

Wednesday, January 28 Review at Kinx’s Book Nook

Friday, January 30 Review at Bookramblings

Saturday, January 31 Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes

Sunday, February 1 Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, February 2 Guest Post at The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, February 3 Review at Layered Pages Spotlight at Let them Read Books

Wednesday, February 4 Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, February 6 Review at The Never-Ending Book

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