Title: The Jester
Author: James Patterson and Andrew Gross
Category: Historical Fiction / Action / Mystery
Length: 496 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 1, 2004)
My Rating: 8/10
This was quite the deviation from Mr. Patterson. And not a trip down lovers lane, as some of his more deviant works were. This was a trip into the past.
The Jester takes place from about the year 1090, and tells of a young innkeeper named Hugh that takes off to fight in the Crusades, leaving his young bride at home. After over a year spent traveling and fighting, he decides to desert the battles and return home. Upon his return, he expects nothing more than to be greeted by his wife. However, he is greeted by the ruins of his inn lying in a pile of ashes and the news that his wife has been taken. He must then embark on the dangerous mission to locate and rescue his wife, before the last thing he loves is also taken from him.
From the battle scenes to the anguish, from the jokes to the holy relics, it’s a great story line. I couldn’t put it down. Yet another of Patterson’s page-turners. The story is complicated, but interwoven so well that the turns and twists nearly have you jumping on edge, just waiting to see what will happen next.