The Secret Report of Friar Otto
By Sam Smith
The Secret Report of Friar Otto tells the story of William de Marisco and his followers. The knights seek refuge on Lundy Island, a small speck of land off the coast of Devon in medieval England. Although considered renegades and pirates, thing are not always what they seem. Betrayed and given the death sentence, Friar Otto is sent to investigate their crimes and learn the truth.
The story is a brilliant reinterpretation of a 750 year old manuscript which spins a web of deceit and political intrigue all the while making the reader wonder if the knights were guilty of their crimes or set up to take the fall for higher powers.
This is a unique book, full of history as well as a very unusual mystery which will draw the reader into life as it was centuries ago. A life that is filled with as much ‘behind the
scenes’ political drama as we have in today’s modern world. A fun and informative read.
I give it 4 snowflakes out of 5.