The King’s Exile
In spring 1648, scholar, bookseller and once royal cryptographer Thomas Hill is back in his bookshop in Hampshire, well content to be done with war, plots and civil war. Or so he thinks – until he finds himself arrested for writing a harmless pamphlet, summarily sentenced to deportation and indentured as a servant in Barbados. Life on a sugar plantation is never easy, and Thomas is unfortunate enough that his new masters are the roughest of brutes – but who hates him enough to do this to him? Little he knows that his old enemy Tobias Rush, not quite as dead as everyone thought, is bent on exacting revenge on Thomas, his sister and his nieces. This second instalment in Swanston’s Thomas Hill series is an adventurous tale set against the repercussions of English Civil War in the far away Barbados, with plenty of twists, a couple of anachronistically-minded characters, and villains black-hearted enough for a Jacobean tragedy.