This exciting story is set in 1808 during the Napoleonic wars when Sir John Hall is leading the British campaign in Portugal. However, when Napoleon advances with his army, the British are forced to retreat over the mountains to Corunna during the worst winter weather ever encountered. Sergeant Joshua Lock and Captain John Killen are inextricably linked because Lock saved Killen’s life when they were boys. In their pursuit of a traitor through Portugal and into Spain, they encounter a series of dangers and difficulties. Although Killen is the weaker man, he is also honourable and courageous. Lock, equally brave, is not so particular in how he achieves his ends.
Leopardkill is a good read, well-written and action-packed. Historical detail is authentic, and the huge cast of characters well-drawn. However, I found having so many viewpoints made the story confusing and at times irritating. Hopkins also has an eccentric approach to punctuation, which meant having to read some sentences several times before they made sense. In spite of these reservations I enjoyed the book and have already downloaded the first one of the series.