on June 01, 2017 :
Three Treasures has a great deal of merit, and I'd like to see more by this writer and the period of history he's chosen to portray. I wish I could give it a better score.
The story takes place early in the English Civil War, apparently before either Cromwell or Fairfax (?) have gained leadership in the Parliamentary forces. Insofar as I 'm able to tell, though, the tale shows a good deal of historical accuracy.
As to flaws, it has a few that irritate. The narrator is almost always wise, brave and honest—too good to be true, in fact. Based on his talents he should have been mayor or councillor rather than a pharmacist. The other characters, including his wife and infant son, play hardly any part in the tale, only a few villains standing out. When our hero is traveling the author must have had a map next to his keyboard. The reader, though, can't tell which direction he's headed nor what kind of scenery is passing by. We get too little description of dwellings, shops, streets, hills, the sea or weather.
To pick at a minor nit, the hero spoils two sets of brand new clothes and doesn't attempt to salvage and repair them. Doesn't sound right for the period.
(review of free book)