Book Review: The Devil's Recruit by: S.G. MacLean


Publisher: Quercus

Publication Date: March 14, 2013 

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: 1635, and Europe is in the grip of the brutal territorial and religious struggle of the Thirty Years' War. Fear stalks the town of Aberdeen as a ship recruiting for the wars lies at anchor in the river mouth. A sinister figure watches from the shadows as apprehension grows and culminates in the disappearance of the son of a Highland chief - a student of Alexander Seaton. When the frozen body of a young woman is found in the garden of a prominent citizen, Alexander becomes more deeply embroiled. He realises that the figure in the shadows is known to him and has come for him. He can hide from his past no longer.

Series: Alexander Seaton series

Review: THE DEVIL’S RECRUIT is the fourth book in the series by S.G. MacLean, with Alexander Seaton as the main character. It is also the first book in this series I have read, which gave me a little more distance from the characters. Even so, the story drew me in and I fell through history to 1635 in Aberdeen. There are several mysteries which unfold during the story while Seaton’s past comes home to roost. Seaton is a conflicted and complex character caught up in the shadow of war for territory and religion. There are some important and shocking twists which will draw Seaton toward an unexpected resolution. I don’t want to give anything away because THE DEVIL’S RECRUIT is a compelling and well-written story. 

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