This blog is created for the
followers of Brian John's Angel Mountain Saga of eight novels,
dealing with the life and times
of a very imperfect heroine,
Mistress Martha Morgan of Plas Ingli. She lived at about the same time as Jane Austen but struggled to survive in a very different world.
Total paperback sales for the series are now over 85,000 copies, with 100,000 sold in all media.
This review is from: On Angel Mountain (The Angel Mountain Saga) (Kindle Edition)
I really loved this book. The writing is so evocative you could almost
be in 18th century Wales. The characters were strong, the sense of place
was very strong and I felt like I was really reading the diary of a
living person. I felt that all the characters came alive off the page
and that was down to the excellent writing. I could almost visualise the
people and places which is, to me, evidence that a book has done its
job - to entertain and enthrall the reader. Well worth reading this
There is certainly no loss of verve, adventure or indeed style in Brian John’s latest book in this long-running saga.
In Conspiracy of Angels the reader is taken back to 1810 and a
youthful 31-year-old Martha Morgan is back as mistress of Plas Ingli
after a period of absence of which she will give no true account. Being a
woman of this period is a serious disadvantage, especially a woman
without a husband beside her, with children to bring up and without
great wealth. As always there is much hurtful gossip, but Martha’s
ever-loyal staff, her family and friends, particularly grandpa Isaac and
granny Jane, and her mentor the wizard Joseph Harris, are there to
support her. However, will they be enough? Following a premonition on a
damp Angel Mountain, Martha becomes involved in a secretive anti-slavery
movement; child torture, blackmail and the Sons of Obeah all add to the
nail-biting intensity of the plot.
If the reader were to assume that that is all John’s story tells,
they would be very much mistaken. The author is a master of connecting
interwoven threads. His secondary characters, no less colourful than the
protagonists, jump from the page with the intrigue of their daily lives
and adventures all adding to this riveting saga.
As usual John has excelled himself with his art of story-telling, his humour and his literary prowess.
Conspiracy of Angels is the eighth in the Angel Mountain
saga, of which more than 65,000 copies have been sold to date. A grand
achievement by a born raconteur.
So pleased to reacquaint myself with Martha Morgan again - this is another totally gripping tale from Brian John. He writes with such credibilty that it's hard to believe that Plas Ingli and its occupants are all fictional. The historical 'element' is equally fascinating, and I have been completely convinced each time I read the novels in this amazing saga.
It is such a shame that the BBC haven't got their act together and realised what an enthralling series this would make....or someone with some vision in S4C who could translate it into Welsh...we have the actors, the scenery is already there...if Hollywood can see the benefit of Pembrokeshire, why can't those nearer home ???! I think Nia Roberts would make a superb, feisty, enigmatic Martha.
Diolch yn fawr Brian John ( ps I (almost) think that the best part of each book is the beginning - it is SO clever at drawing one in from the very first moment).