The idea for Blackmore's Treasure, a novel aimed at children and young adults, came about when the author's granddaughter told him that she thought the civil war was boring. The main character of the book is a thirteen year old boy called Tobias Allinson, who is visiting his grandparents at their farm. In this time slip adventure, Tobias has an accident one night after a big storm and is transported back to the 17th century, around the time of the Battle of Naseby.
When he awakes, he is Captain Tobias Allinson and the year is 1645. Cromwell is preparing his army for the Battle of Naseby, but before the war is decided, Tobias meets a man called Sergeant Blackmore who, at first, seems like he will be nothing but trouble. It soon turns out that there is more to him than meets the eye, including a hoard of treasure which is thought to be very close to home for Tobias. Can Tobias find the treasure that people have searched for for generations?
I reviewed a first edition copy of the book in which there were a number of typos, but I understand that these have been corrected in the second edition. And that is the only remotely negative thing I have to say about this book! The time slip was written very well, and I really felt Tobias' confusion when he first went back in time, when his modern brain held on for a few seconds before he became wholly Captain Tobias Allinson.
In my opinion one of the best parts of the novel was the characterisation, and I also loved the dialogue between the characters. There were a number of colourful characters, Sergeant Blackmore being one of them, and the dialogue was so well written that I could practically hear the characters speaking it. I enjoyed this story immensely, from start to finish. It was engaging and interesting, and above all, educational. I love the inspiration behind this book, and in my opinion this story shows just how fun history can be!
(Free review copy received.)