Historical fiction, Mystery

A Necessary Killing (William Constable #2) by Paul Walker

I read and reviewed the first book of this series quite recently: here

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I somehow missed the fact that I had both the first and the second book of the series. If I had, I would have read or at least reviewed them at the same time. I find it easier to put together my thoughts when sequels are in question together. It is just a feeling that any reader would find it bolstering to know that a particular series goes somewhere before investing time in it.
This continues to be a very immersive series. I have mentioned this before and will have to iterate that knowledge of the royals and the loyalties of those in power in 1570s England will enhance the reading experience. I do not have any such knowledge, but I still enjoyed this book.
The question of who is on the wrong side was successfully carried through most of the narrative. In the previous instalment, William Constable designed a piece of equipment that would help sailing with a purpose, and he is to be on board to explain the use of the equipment. Before their plan is put into action, things start to go wrong.
William Constable is a man with a reasonable moral compass, although it does not really help him make sense of the events around him or even control his own actions. He is a man missing his future wife when his life is put into danger multiple times.
I went back and forth with my guesses for the ending, which means I saw some of it coming. Despite that fact, the book delivers on the kind of narrative it promises in the blurb. It was faster to read than the previous work since it focuses more on action (of both the good and the bad guys) than on theory.
I would pick up the next just to see what he does with his life next.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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