I really enjoyed The Firemaster’s Mistress by Christie Dickason. For those who were reading the noontime chats that J. Kaye and I had, I was quite taken with the story. It’s that really good mix of history and fiction that I really like to read.
The story revolves around The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 when a group of angry Catholics planned on blowing up the first day of the English Parliament along with the Protestant King and the Prince of Wales.
The way that the author has weaved the parts of history that are known with her tale of what may have happened around this time in history is quite intriguing. I was really drawn to the main characters, in particular Kate, Francis and Boomer (Francis’ father). I felt invested in them and wanted to know what was going to happen to them in all the turmoil going on around them. Kate is a glovemaker who has lost all her family and ends up bestowing favors on a not so nice man to be able to live. Life for her would have been unbearable otherwise and it was better to service one man, than many. Francis is a firemaster, as his father was before him. Francis and Kate had formerly been lovers but Francis had taken off as his first passion in life is ‘fire’. He thrives on the excitement and risk. They end up meeting as enemies at this time in history-on different sides of the fence. However, their romance does heat up for a short while.
This story is full of twists and turns. It’s an intricate tale that culminates in an ending that I wasn’t at all expecting. I found it an exciting and enthralling story that kept my interest throughout. For those who really love a good historical novel I would absolutely recommend it. For those who weren’t following the noontime chats, more of my review of this novel can be found here and here, where there is also a great Q&A that Christie had participated in and also my final thoughts here.