Book Review: The Last Protector by Andrew Taylor

Genre: Historical fiction

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pub date: 2 April 2020

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

Description from Amazon:

Brother against brother. Father against son. Friends turned into enemies. No one in England wants a return to the bloody days of the Civil War. But Oliver Cromwell’s son, Richard, has abandoned his exile and slipped back into England. The consequences could be catastrophic.

James Marwood, a traitor’s son turned government agent, is tasked with uncovering Cromwell’s motives. But his assignment is complicated by his friend – the regicide’s daughter, Cat Lovett – who knew the Cromwells as a child, and who now seems to be hiding a secret of her own about the family.

Both Marwood and Cat know they are putting themselves in great danger. And when they find themselves on a top secret mission in the Palace of Whitehall, they realize they are risking their lives…and could even be sent to the block for treason.

This is the fourth in the James Marwood and Catt Lovett series. I’d previously read The King’s Evil and found it to be an enjoyable read.

It tells a vivid story of Cat and Marwoods involvement when Richard Cromwell sneaks back into England. Cat wants no part of his actions and Marwood wants to discover what the Duke of Buckingham’s involvement is. They both find themselves subject to danger and their lives are on the line.

This one was also fast paced although I did find it slowed towards the end. It’s not a murder mystery but still full of intrigue and suspense.

The characters are really well developed and if I liked them in the last book I love them now. Marwood has really grown on me, I found his character developed greatly in this book.

I look forward to reading more of this series.

It’s available for pre-order now:

Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.

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