Check Mate: Clans and Castles
By: p.m. terrell
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Intrigue, Adventure, Narrative Fiction, at its Finest
Check Mate: Clans and Castles is a creative fictional novel, developed from Terrell’s ancestral background, through the 10 generations since King James I, of England. The book is based on the true story of the life of William Neely of Wigtownshire, Scotland. In 1608, young William Neely left Scotland for Ulster, in search of himself and his purpose in life.
Award winning author p.m. terrell introduces a new reality to the enjoyment of the historical novel in “Check Mate: Clans and Castles.” Terrell weaves a unique blend of historical fiction with authentic nonfiction.
Terrell introduces a new level of excellence to the historical novel. Using the mastery of an artist, Terrell paints colorful word pictures and descriptive phrases that are so exquisitely well-chosen that the reader is magnetically drawn into the plot, taking on a role as an active participant in the intrigue of the story.
I became so deeply involved in the historical accuracy and extensiveness of terrel’s research that I felt compelled to research my own family heritage in England during this period, hoping to learn more of what it was that caused my ancestors to leave England to sail for Boston in the mid-1860s.
Readers of a Scot-Irish descent will resonate with Terrell’s account of events that led to beginning of age of the Plantation, and the transformation of all of Ulster. “Check Mate: Clans and Castles” is true Terrell, writing at her finest, “Causing History to Come Alive.”
A complimentary review copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions express are my own.
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