1636: The Devil’s Opera by Eric Flint and David Carrico

With the king of Sweden suffering a brain injury from the war with Poland, the allegiance between the time-displaced people of 20th century West Virginia and the people of 1636 is threatened by the new Swedish chancellor’s thirst for blood. With a plot for murder whispered about everywhere in the capital, a small child, a boxing champion, and two out-of-luck policemen may be all that stands in the way of civil war.

This book was very enjoyable, although not quite what I was expecting when I picked it up. More than a straightforward murder mystery, it also incorporates a rather touching coming-of-age story into the narrative.

I had never really picked up the Ring of Fire series before this point, although I had heard of it. I enjoyed the writing and the story here enough that I may have to consider reading a few closer to the beginning of the run, if only so that I can understand what the characters are going through. The book makes perfect sense on its own, but I would love to understand how far the characters have come.

The book admittedly starts out quite slowly, but if you can manage to make it through the first fifty pages or so, the story becomes enthralling.

Rating: 7/10

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