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text 2016-07-03 23:09
June Reading Roundup
Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation - Ray Bradbury,Tim Hamilton
A Trick of Fate (The Renaissance Sojourner Series Book 0) - Kristin Gleeson,Moonyeen Blakey
Sons of the Wolf - Paula Lofting
The Last Lion 3: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-65 - Paul Reid,William Raymond Manchester
The Heretic's Daughter - Kathleen Kent
The Devil's Band (The Devilstone Chronicles) (Volume 1) - Richard Anderton
The Children of Henry VIII - Alison Weir
The Queen's Caprice - Marjorie Bowen

I'm behind on reviews but not reading. Though I decided that I am no longer going to review everything I read, there are still a couple of these that I need to review.

 

I won't be reviewing Fahrenheit 451 though I did enjoy reading it and discussing it with my daughter. Classics and mass market books are just not in need of my input. I will continue to review independently published novels, NetGalley ARCs, and books that I just feel like talking about.  ;-)

 

Reviews will be forthcoming for The Devil's Band and The Queen's Caprice.

 

Audiobooks:

Fahrenheit 451

Heretic's Daughter

The Last Lion

 

NetGalley:

The Queen's Caprice

 

Independent Authors:

A Trick of Fate

The Sons of the Wolf

The Devil's Band

 

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review 2016-06-22 16:34
Sons of the Wolf by Paula Lofting
Sons of the Wolf - Paula Lofting

Historical research shines in this novel of a thegn's family during the years leading up to the Norman conquest. I enjoyed the scenes of daily chores, courting rituals, and interactions between people of varying social levels. Lofting clearly has a deep understanding of the life and times of 1050s Britain.

 

Wulfhere is a well-written hero because he isn't really a hero all the time. In fact, some of the things he did made me want to smack him silly. He is violent, adulterous, impetuous, but he also does everything he can for those he loves even if he's terrible at demonstrating that at times. He is humble, much to his ambitious wife's dismay, but his modesty is pushed too far when Earl Harold (future king) insists that Wulfhere betroth his daughter to the son of his enemy in order to put an end to their family fued.

 

The story of Wulfhere's family is part of the larger portrait of England as the search for an heir begins. King Edward has no hope of a son of his own, so he sends to the Continent for the son of his half-brother, Edmund Ironside. Of course, William Duke of Normandy has another plan. Since the crown is passed through approval of the Witan rather than the king's wishes or inheritance, the field of contenders promises to increase before Edward's demise.

 

My favorite part of this book was the battle, or more aptly named, massacre of Hereford. It is not an easy segment to read. It is violent, gory, & likely just what it was like to be in Hereford as the Welsh and Irish-Norse mercenaries attacked it. There is absolutely no romanticising it, which some readers will find to be too much. I appreciated the author's skill and honesty.

 

The newly released edition of this book also has a stunning cover:

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text 2016-06-01 15:26
June TBR
Sons of the Wolf - Paula Lofting
The Heretic's Daughter - Kathleen Kent
The Last Lion 3: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-65 - Paul Reid,William Raymond Manchester
The Queen's Caprice - Marjorie Bowen
The Heretics of De'Ath (The Chronicles of Brother Hermitage Book 1) - Howard of Warwick
The Colour of Poison: A Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery (Volume 1) - Toni Mount
A Trick of Fate (The Renaissance Sojourner Series Book 0) - Kristin Gleeson,Moonyeen Blakey
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War - Karen Abbott
Fires of Faith: Catholic England Under Mary Tudor - Eamon Duffy
The Children of Henry VIII - Alison Weir

I completed a surprising amount of my May TBR. Research on Queen Mary was the key area where I fell short, so those books are on here again. This is mostly because I am going back through books I have already read for sections on her before I start these new ones, so Mary has not been completely neglected.

 

The club read for More Historical Than Fiction is A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury. This is not on my list because I have already read it, but I look forward to the discussion of Henry Hotspur Percy (and all those other Henrys). Join us!

 

Audio Books:

The Last Lion

The Heretic's Daughter

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

 

NetGalley:

The Queen's Caprice

The Heretics of De'ath

 

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text 2015-08-01 23:53
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 396 pages.
Sons of the Wolf - Paula Lofting
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