Is the Stone of Destiny, on which all Kings and Queens are crowned, a fake? This is the latest story from the pen of Andrew Neil MacLeod. A story straight from the imagination, with Doctor Johnson and Boswell trying to solve the mystery. Set in the eighteenth century, this is a story where you have to suspend all belief, yet isn't that what we do in alll our reading?
The story weaves fact with fiction as Johnson and Boswell traverse Scotland and its isles trying to find if the Stone of Destiny in Westminster Abbey is the real McCoy. On the way we try to solve other problems, including the Loch Ness monster and Atlantis. Mythology is woven with real life locations and events. There's a touch of The Island of Doctor Moreau along with the Wicker Man in there as well.
This was a really enjoyable read. So much was happening throughout the book, and I was sorry when it all ended. The book is a brilliant story which is interwoven with small side plots that mean there's no let up to the action or mystery. Well written and even better imagined, the book made the hours melt away.
A 5-star story. Looking forward to seeing where the author places Johnson and Boswell next time.
Thanks to Netgallery and Burning Chair Publishing for the eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.