Review by Shwetha H S
The Errant Hours by Kate Innes in a historical fiction, but in real it is not a complete fiction. Most of the characters are real and existed in the era when this story took place. Though the storyline couldn’t relate to the title, story is nevertheless enjoyable and manages to keep you reading it. Every character that has dialogues in the story is interesting and has its own perspective about the happenings.
The story is about Illesa Arrowsmith, a girl who has lost both her parents, trying to save her brother from being killed by cruel and deceiving forest keepers of the King. In the process of saving her brother, she meets a lot of people who are ready to help her and her brother. She is not happy, but you can say she was lucky in finding help wherever she went; it is another thing that she put herself in harm’s way too. The author has done a great job in depicting the lifestyle of that era, so it is not difficult to imagine Illesa and others busy in random chores. The story keeps moving ahead and every now and then it will be like “Ok, now Illesa will not be able to escape”, then there will come someone to help her. One of the main characters to help her is Sir Richard Burnel. He is there with her through thick and thin, whether he wants or not, and so does she. But sometimes it does feel like too much of coincidence, but the story has to go on. Even if the author tried, this story couldn’t have had unnecessary characters. Also, this book actually has one main story and three sub-stories, so it is something to look forward to.
A good story with good research about history related to 13th century Wales makes The Errant Hours a good one time read. If you read it again, maybe it is because you are not from that part of the country where the story takes place and you are confused with the names they have for different parts of the day. You see, the Errant Hours!