The Du Lac Devil (The Du Lac Chronicles #2) by Mary Anne Yarde

The Du Lac Devil - Mary Anne Yarde
The Du Lac Devil is the second book in the Du Lac Chronicles, and focuses on Merton, Alden's younger brother. He has received the nickname of The Du Lac Devil, the reasons of which become clear as you read. He also has a son, but no wife, and a band of mercenaries that call him brother to his face, and leader behind his back. 
This is an in-depth book, with plenty of plots and intrigue to keep you occupied. You also see characters grow and develop, whether that is for the better or not is for you to decide. I enjoyed book 1, Alden and Annis' story, but Merton's gripped me completely. I loved every word, and my heart broke towards the end. I physically winced at the purging, fair warning! Exceedingly well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, apart from one that I noticed. Whitgar (one of Merton's enemies) has his named either spelt this way, or Wihtgar. Now, with it being a Saxon name, I'm not sure which is correct. Either way, it did not impact upon my enjoyment of this intricate tale.
I am sure that research for the 5th Century must be pretty difficult, trying to distinguish truth from folk tale, however, I would say that Mary Anne Yarde has done an amazing job. Nothing stands out in this series as being "out of date", so congratulations on that. A wonderful book that I have no hesitation in recommending. 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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#Historical, #Fantasy, #Young_Adult, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)