The Service of the Dead by Candace Robb
T I T L E: The Service of the Dead
S E R I E S: Kate Clifford(Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Candace Robb
P U B L I S H E R: Pegasus Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: May 2, 2016
I S B N: 9781681771274
Kate Clifford is a strong and bold female protagonist who struggles to maintain an independent lifestyle at a time when options for women were either rare or nonexistent. Her brother is constantly trying to get her to remarry. She grew up on the northern border of England near Scotland where her family was involved in a blood feud with a Scottish family. Growing up under those circumstances, Kate developed skill with a bow and a dagger. She always has her two wolfhounds with her and they are no docile pups.
Though this era is fraught with political intrigue, it does not take center stage in this story. The author does a great job of melding historical facts with fiction in this story. As well as incorporating family drama with the politics of the time. I look forward to seeing where the author will take this series.
Kate's household also has some interesting characters. Her cook has a violent past, there is a thief that is generous, a servant with a wicked smile, and two charges that are bastards. Kate Clifford brings together a household in a time when England was filled with strife and struggle.
I am quite eager for the next novel in this series and what adventures it will bring for Kate.