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Kregel Tour: A Thousand Shall Fall (Shenandoah Valley Saga Book 1) by Andrea Boeshaar


About the Book:

A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off—only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally—and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.

You can purchase your copy at Kregel.

About the Author:

Andrea Boeshaar is the cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and runs “The Writer’s ER,” a coaching service for writers. She is the author of thirty published works, including Threads of Faith, a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards. Andrea is also the author of a popular devotional and regularly blogs on a number of sites.

You can connect with Andrea at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

My Opinion:

I am a huge Civil War history buff, visiting the historical sites and reading books set during that time or about that time gets my interest piqued so when I had a chance to read A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar I had to join in the tour. The book takes place in the Shenandoah Valley of West Virginia, which ironically enough is where I’m writing this review at – in a city that is mentioned in the book several times – and others that I’ve actually visited. Carrie is the heroine that most of us like to read about, strong and confident and sure of her ability to save everyone – she dresses as a man in order to go after her runaway sister and in the hopes her mother may finally love her and welcome her back home. Colonel Peyton Collier is a changed man, although the only ones who believe that is his Aunt and her freed slave, Tabitha.

The book kept me turning the pages quickly and even waking up in the middle of the early morning to get more reading in, a source of frustration that there is no down time at work to read or I would have had it read sooner. I was swept up in the tale of the North and South forces as they battle to take town after town and those who are neither side and terrorize the citizens. Carrie’s story feels so real, the romance that forms after a lapse when she sutures the Colonel’s arm and her struggle to be a caring, loving daughter and sister even after the truth of her familial heritage is revealed. I can even ‘see’ some of the landscape, especially Harper’s Ferry that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting – the writing of Andrea Boeshaar is rich with feeling and descriptions that make it a wonderful read.

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Kregel Tour: 52 Original Wisdom Stories by Penelope Wilcock


About the Book:

These 52 loosely related fictional stories about the large themes of life, nature, and faith follow the liturgical year and are an ideal resource for public worship.

Sid and Rosie are an older married couple with several children and grandchildren. Through a series of short, engaging narratives, we learn about their faith, their feelings for one another, their hopes and dreams, and their perception of how God speaks to them through the events of their lives.

Each story stands on its own; their sequence follows the rhythm of the church’s year from Advent through Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and Harvest Thanksgiving. With an open tone of wonder and reflection, author Penelope Wilcock explores the ordinary and extraordinary topics of daily life: falling in love, marriage, birth, education, illness, farming, adversity, hospitality, homemaking, and work.

This beautiful large-format paperback is suitable for personal reflection or as a refreshing resource for church and small group discussions.

Permission to photocopy is included.

Purchase your copy at Kregel Publications.

My Opinion:

I was excited to get this book and maybe learn more about celebrations that aren’t necessarily ideas that my church celebrates such as Pentecost. However, as I started reading many, many red flags went up – such as knowing the fictional Rosie has left the church and sometimes goes but doesn’t really see a need for it and then her husband, Sid, converting from Catholicism to Quaker and their embracing of all different thoughts and religions as long as it points to Christ. They forget the line in the Bible from Christ that no one gets to Him except through the Father – that means no Mohamed, Buddha or astrology – there is only One Way to God and ultimately to Heaven.

Knowing that the Wise Men used their knowledge of astronomy when the star pointed the way to the Christ child and the followed it had me shaking my head as the author has Rosie and Sid discussing how, Christians hate astrology but yet we believe the wise men used astrology. Astrology and astronomy are two very different ideas – one being science based and the other based in mythology and the occult. There was much more I found wrong about this book so I urge caution should you read it and use a discerning attitude and weigh everything discussed against the Word of God.

 

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Kregel Tour: Bible Stories Gone Crazy by Josh Edwards


About the Book:

Eight Bible stories are depicted in bright color and comic, cartoony illustrations. There is a sentence or two explaining the scene at the top, and then details to spot, mistakes to find, and questions to answer along the sides of the picture, such as, “Did Noah’s workmen REALLY have power tools?” and “How many rabbits are in the picture?” Children will love scouring the illustrations to find the answers and spot more amusing details in the busy artwork of Emiliano Migliardo.

The stories are Noah and His Great Ark, Moses Crossing the Red Sea, Joshua and the Fall of Jericho, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Big Fish, Feeding the 5,000, and Man Through the Roof.

You can purchase a copy at Kregel Publications.

My Opinion:

I enjoy interesting ways of presenting Biblical truths to my children and when Bible Stories Gone Crazy popped up to be reviewed I knew I wanted a copy for my home. The overall goal is to get children interested in learning more about the Bible and the history inside, so Scripture references are given so that children and adults can easily find the real account of what is going on in the pictures. There are also many mistakes in Emiliano’s drawings, and while some may take offense of some characters that resemble KISS in a book on the Bible, for us it was humorous because my husband enjoyed KISS. There are questions around the picture such as “Did a rock band really play when the walls fell down?”, obviously for the adults the answer is no, but the goal is to get children digging into the Word, and for non-churched children this book will have a way of resonating with them.

Children should also be on the look out for all the teddy bears hidden through out the book – an answer guide in the back will tell how many bears are to be found in which story. The heavy laminated pages are durable and can withstand some heavy use and are very smooth, which may be appealing to children who have sensory issues. The hardcover book lays flat when opened to allow full viewing of all the pages and their illustrations, which is great for children who may get frustrated at not being able to see the whole picture. All three of my children, ages 13, 11 and 9 enjoy looking at this book and it kept two of them busy in the back seat on our eight hour drive to vacation. I definitely recommend this book to really get children of all ages engaged with the Bible and all the history of the Christian and Jewish faith that is contained within.

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Kregel Tour: Andrea Carter’s Tales from the Circle C Ranch by Susan K. Marlow


About the Book:

Join Andrea Carter for more adventures in nineteenth-century California!

The independent tomboy Andrea Carter and her beloved horse, Taffy, were first introduced in Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home in 2005. Since then, popular author Susan Marlow has penned five more books in the Circle C Adventures series, filled in Andi’s early years with the Circle C Beginnings series, and started a chronicle of Andrea’s teen years in Circle C Milestones.

Published to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this positive role model for girls, Andrea Carter’s Tales from the Circle C Ranch is a collection of short stories inspired by fan questions that fills in many of the gaps between Circle C Beginnings and Circle C Adventures. Taking place between 1873 and 1880, each story is prefaced by an explanatory note that pinpoints the action of the story in relation to events in the existing Andrea Carter books.

Wholesome fun, and with a clear Christian message throughout, Andrea Carter’s Tales from the Circle C Ranch is a must-read for fans of the series and a fun introduction for those who haven’t yet discovered these historical gems.

You can purchase your copy at Kregel.

My Opinion:

Even though we own all the Circle C Beginnings books I haven’t read them all, sadly, however this book was a fantastic read even if one hasn’t read the Beginnings or the Adventures series. Reading this book now has me wanting to go and read the other series because it was just that good, and even if you haven’t this book still flows and makes sense. Susan tells which book the story precedes, such as in Chapter 1 “Britches Are Not for Little Girls” she tells the reader that it is set in September 1873 which means this story takes place the autumn before Andi’s Pony Trouble. The book is divided into two parts – the early years and the in-between years, part one has four chapters and part two has seven chapters. Some of the stories are somewhat sad (like the one that gives us more of a glimpse of Andi’s dad before he passed away) and others are filled with adventure or just a great character lesson.

Short and a fast read, I read it in one afternoon this book kept my attention the whole time, which I rarely do when reading a child’s book as I have books of my own to read. I love Susan’s down to earth way of writing, simple enough for the youngest reader but yet intensive enough for the older girl who needs a bit more to her stories. Full of well developed characters from the other books, big on using God and how we should act in our lives as Christians, this book has many character lessons for the young and the young at heart. Whether you’re new to the Andrea Carter books or are an old fan this book will fit right in with your books on the shelf and curl up and enjoy a great story or two.

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Kregel Tour: Thick as Thieves (Circle C Milestones Book 1) by Susan K. Marlow


About the Book:

Fourteen-year-old Andrea Carter would rather ride her beloved palomino, Taffy, than do anything else. But life on the Circle C ranch in 1882 is busy. Between school and chores, Andi is left with little time to prepare for Taffy’s first foaling. Then when the event finally arrives, it nearly ends in disaster.

Returning to school keeps Andi hard-pressed to find time for foal training. And she now has a new problem on her hands–Macy Walker, who has been assigned as Andi’s seatmate. The new girl’s crude manners and cruel behavior bring storm clouds into Andi’s life, as does the news that cattle rustlers have moved into the valley.

When the cattle rustlers turn to stealing horses and strike the Carter ranch, Andi’s only hope for recovering her precious colts lies with Macy. Can Andi trust this wild girl? Does she have a choice?

You can purchase a copy at Kregel.

My Opinion:

I’m so glad that Susan has written a new series with an older Andrea because this will appeal to older girls where the younger Andi wouldn’t. In this newest book and beginning of the Circle C Milestones series Andrea is 14 and she has matured, sort of, and is now facing troubles that a lot of 14 year old girls do – issues with friends and/or classmates, butting heads with family members and much more. I read this in one day, it wasn’t a long or terribly hard read and it was thoroughly enjoyable – the suspense also feels ‘older’ it keeps the reader on the edge of their seat without being too much. Andrea is still the girl that we love in the other books – she is quick to act and sometimes slow to think – but she almost always has someone else best interest at heart even if she might get in trouble later.

I will say I don’t have horse loving daughters and we live in the city so while my girls don’t really have much in common with Andrea Carter it’s still a book at least one of them will enjoy reading. Andrea isn’t allowed to get away with bad behavior and her mom and her older brothers keep her in line, and there is plenty of themes of relying on the Lord through the whole book. I like the character of Macy Walker, who is brought up by her rough brothers and told that God isn’t real – it was an eye opener I think for Andrea but as she and her family love on the ‘unlovable’ Macy we see the changes that only God can make. This is a fantastic addition and allows our daughters (and even sons) to follow Andrea from child hood to young woman-hood and only in a way that Susan Marlow could do!

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Kregel Tour: The Abbot’s Agreement (Hugh de Singleton chronicles) by Mel Starr


About the Book:

Master Hugh de Singleton is making his way toward Oxford when he discovers the corpse of a young Benedictine not half a mile from the nearby abbey.

The abbey’s novice master confirms the boy’s identity; it is John, one of three novices. He had gone missing four days previous, and yet his corpse is fresh. There has been plague in the area, but this was not the cause of death-the lad has been stabbed in the back. To Hugh’s sinking heart, the abbot has a commission for him.

With realistic medical procedures of the period, droll medieval wit, and a consistent underlying sense of Christian compassion, the seventh in the chronicles of Hugh de Singleton will delight medieval history and crime fiction fans alike.

You may purchase your copy at Kregel’s store.

My Opinion:

As I sit and look at my bookshelves I see all the Bibles that I own, KJV, ESV, NKJV, NIV and so on so when Hugh’s latest chronicle starts it reminds it hasn’t always been so easy or inexpensive to own a Bible – as Hugh is setting out to buy at least a New Testament and if not that, then at least those written by Paul.  Of course, he and Arthur become side tracked with the sighting of birds overhead which tells Hugh that there is something dead, he sets off to find a young novice who has been murdered.  The Abbot makes a deal – find who did the murder and Hugh will get his Bible as payment.  I’ve read the others (not the 1st and 2nd, yet) in this series and I think this has been my favorite so far, it was truly a page turner and kept me up late reading, which kept my mind from other things.  The whodunit isn’t easily figured out, at least it wasn’t for me, and I enjoyed that – just when I thought Hugh and I had figured it out there was another twist to the plot that threw us both off course.

Of course I also enjoy the historical aspect of the story and the medical complexities that met Hugh as he traveled around trying to find a murderer.  Hugh is ahead of his time in things like letting wounds open to the air instead of keeping them covered for best healing.  Of course, there is the descriptions of food, which at times doesn’t add to the plot but I think makes the story much more realistic.The other part of the book I enjoyed was the discussion between the dying Abbot (who knew one could die from a broken hip) and Hugh about purgatory and why would we need that to cleanse us when Christ already completed the work?  This of course has the archdeacon labeling Hugh a heretic and he is arrested.  I won’t give away much more about the book because honestly if you enjoy medieval history, historical or just a good clean (meaning no cussing, s**, etc) mystery then this is a great book.

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Kregel Tour: Look Inside The Time of Jesus (A lift-the-flap discovery book)


About the Book:

Keep enquiring young minds busy with these detailed depictions of Bible history, and a glimpse behind the scenes with flaps to lift on every page. Brief text explains the setting, and references events and stories from Jesus’ life. The book covers the first Christmas, illustrations of a synagogue and carpenter’s workshop in Nazareth, fishing in Capernaum, farming and shepherding in the hills of Galilee, homes of the wealthy and everyday people, the temple in Jerusalem, the way of the cross and the first Easter.

You can purchase your own copy at Kregel.

My Opinion:

This is a very educational book that is not only pleasing to auditory learners but also to those who learning through touch and doing – with each flap the child lifts another new fascinating fact is learned.  The vibrant colors and illustrations are pleasing to the eye and keep the reader’s attention.  As far as I can tell everything is Biblically sound, although I must admit I had only been told there was only 1 angel in the Jesus’ empty tomb so I had to go look that up and sure enough there were two angels. The book is hard cover and looks beautiful on the shelf or in a book basket (I need a few book baskets!) and will put up with some rough and tumble wear from young children, although the flaps will not put up with a lot of rough housing, it will be a teaching moment to children in how to be gentle with their books.

Beginning at the birth of Christ, their home in Nazareth, Lake Galilee, all the way up to the Easter story of  Christ’s Resurrection children will delight in learning more about their Savior and grow with Him as they age.  There are 16 pages and the book measures 8.75 inches by 10.55 inches which makes it a manageable size for most children.  I would think this would make a wonderful Christmas gift for a child or grandchild in your life or even a birthday or anytime present – if you want to make the Bible come alive and show a child a glimpse of Jesus’ life in their age appropriate way, this is a great way to do that.

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Kregel Tour: If You Follow Me (The Dunbridge Chronicles #3) by Pam Rhodes


About the Book:

In the parish of Dunbridge the news is out: Claire and Neil are engaged! And yet, before the celebrations have really begun, Ben, the father of Claire’s son, appears back on the scene… It quickly becomes clear that young Sam is not the only person Ben wants to win back. As Neil reels in the face of Claire’s confusion at spending time with her first love, Wendy always seems to be there to provide support and comfort. Little does he know of Wendy’s involvement in Ben’s reappearance… However, Neil has little chance to ponder his love life as the whole weight of running the church and parish descends upon his inexperienced shoulders. Neil’s time as a curate in Dunbridge is coming swiftly to an end. Where should he go next, and who will go with him?

You can purchase your copy at Lion Hudson or wherever books are sold.

My Opinion:

If you’ve read my blog you’ll know that I really enjoyed the first book, Fisher of Men, but then in the second book, Casting the Net I had a few concerns so I guess I was hoping that the third book would be more like the first but I’d have to say the third was even more shocking especially since I was under the impression it was supposed to be Christian fiction, but as I look at the Lion Hudson website they list it as “modern and contemporary fiction”.  I must admit to enjoying following Neil’s story as he really has to delve into parish life and even though he’s still a curate (still in training) he’s basically acting as the full time vicar all while planning his wedding to Claire who still makes clear she can’t fully embrace his Christianity.  While I did enjoy the overall story, reading how Neil is getting on and has actually matured somewhat was refreshing as that was one issue I had with book two.

However, my concerns with this one was the use of “b****” by Claire who is engaged to Neil towards Neil’s ex-girlfriend who would like to rekindle her romance with him, I understand anger but it didn’t need to be expressed so vulgarly.  Also as Neil and Claire are discussing their upcoming marriage he is telling her what he thinks are good qualities in a minister’s wife and she tells him, “That I’m also your idea of s** on legs, and you fancy me madly?”.  I may sound like a prude or old fashioned but honestly I was just sort of taken aback no matter how attractive one finds their soon-to-be spouse I just don’t think it needed put into words.  Of course there was also the issue of homosexuality, which I know is something that is in our faces today and I guess I prefer to avoid it when I’m escaping into a book but the fact that no one counsels the young man in what God’s Word says and everyone is just okay with it left me a bit dumbfounded, also his suicide attempt seemed to be glossed over by just taking him and putting him a group home with other boys like himself.

As I said, I did enjoy the overall story and seeing some lose ends from the last book tied up and completed gave me a sense of happiness but again I still had concerns.  I know that there are friends who wouldn’t mind this book but there are others who will appreciate the heads up.  That said the author does live in the United Kingdom where things do tend to lean toward the more liberal ideologies even in their churches and while some words here are vulgar and not normally used in proper company those same words are not seen as vulgar over there.  I’d love to continue reading The Dunbridge Chronicles should there be more but I will approach with caution in the future.

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Kregel Tour: The Reluctant Detective (A Faith Morgan Mystery) by Martha Ockley #grow4christ #bookreview


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About the Book:

Former cop Faith Morgan may have quit the world of crime, but crime has not let her go. Now a priest in the Church of England, she is assigned to the improbably named village of Little Worthy, and within an hour of her arrival she witnesses the sudden, shocking death of a fellow priest. To her distress, the detective assigned to the case is Ben, her former partner and former boyfriend.

As she meets her parishioners she learns some surprising details about her apparently well-loved predecessor, and starts to suspect a motive for his death. The cop may have donned a clerical collar, but the questions keep coming. How will she reconcile her present calling with her past instincts? Is she in danger herself? What should she do about Ben?

 

You can purchase a copy at Amazon, Kregel and other book retailers.

 

 

 

 

My Opinion:

 

This is book 1 in the Faith Morgan Mystery series, I’ve already read and reviewed the second, The Advent of Murder, so in reading them backwards I would have liked to read them in order as I think this one sets the stage for book 2.  I’m going to start by saying that I enjoyed this book – I liked the mystery of the who-done-it, the setting of a not-so-quiet English village called Little Worthy and even the dialogue between some of the characters kept the book rolling along at a good clip.  If I hadn’t been down with a migraine I would have finished the book sooner than I did – it took me two days or there about to finish it – but it could have easily been done in less than a day.  While I enjoyed it, I did feel the book was too short to really delve into all the relationships that Faith Morgan has – such as how she and her sister relate to each other, how she and her mom relate, Ben who is her ex-live in boyfriends, and then all the people Faith comes into contact with in Little Worthy and work as vicar.

 

After having read this book I’m going to have to chose my selections from England a bit more carefully, even though I noted that were some cuss words in The Advent of Murder, it seems there were a few more in this and Faith even uses some exclamations and then blames the use of said phrase on Ben.  There was another issue, that didn’t arise when I read the second book, for whatever reason – vicar is a reverend and it’s my opinion based on Biblical reading that women really shouldn’t be ministers – and so that is what Faith is.  It is within the Anglican church and I believe they are bit more liberal in who they ordain as their ministers.  That said there were a lot of misses in the book such as when one main character who is divorced due to her husband’s adultery also mentions sleeping with a married man and then when she comes to Little Worthy she and the retiring vicar plan on marriage.  No where does Faith counsel her on marriage, divorce, repentance or any such thing.  Faith also makes light that as a vicar she did live with her ex-boyfriend Ben for three years – maybe she had repented but in the book it’s not taken away that she ever feels sorry or repentant and puts herself in some tight situations with Ben at least once in the book.

 

Again, while I liked the overall plot and mystery in the book – I really had no idea up until the end who was the real suspect and when I figured out who it was things were quite shocking so Martha did a lovely job in keep up the suspense till the very end.  While I’d like to see more of Faith Morgan I may have to reconsider after reading this one because of the lack of Biblical guidance – I know it’s a mystery but even it can lend itself to Biblical guidance especially when a vicar is shown to be counseling someone in their parish.  It’s hard for me to read a book that is reported to be Christian but then almost everything I read goes against what I know and believe to be Biblical truths, if it had been listed as a secular book with a vicar as a main character I probably wouldn’t be so harsh in my thoughts towards this book.

 

 

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Kregel Tour: Edwin High King of Britain by Edoardo Albert #grow4christ @KregelBooks #bookreview


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About the Book:

Note: This is not a specifically Christian book.

In 604 AD, Edwin, the deposed king of Northumbria, seeks refuge at the court of King Raedwald of East Anglia. But Raedwald is urged to kill his guest by Aethelfrith, Edwin’s usurper. As Edwin walks by the shore, alone and at bay, he is confronted by a mysterious figure–the missionary Paulinus–who prophesies that he will become High King of Britain. It is a turning point.

Through battles and astute political alliances Edwin rises to power, in the process marrying the Kentish princess Aethelburh. As part of the marriage contract the princess is allowed to retain her Christian faith. But, in these times, to be a king is not a recipe for a long life.

This turbulent and tormented period in British history sees the conversion of the Anglo-Saxon settlers who have forced their way on to British shores over previous centuries, arriving first to pillage, then to farm and trade–and to come to terms with the faith of the Celtic tribes they have driven out.

The dramatic story of Northumbria’s Christian kings helped give birth to England as a nation, English as a language, and the adoption of Christianity as the faith of the English.

 

You can purchase a copy of Edwin: High King of Britain (The Northumbrian Thrones) on Amazon or at Kregel Publications.

 

 

My Opinion:

 

So far, I’m only about 1/2 way through the book I’ve enjoyed reading this tale of Edwin and the exile, battles and his wedding to Aethelburh even though getting to where I am was slow – it’s does not begin at a fast clip so you must stay with it if you want to get to the good parts of the book.  However, since my review was due by Friday and today is Saturday I’m writing the review based on what I’ve read so far and as you see from the book description I’ve provided above this is outside of my usual genre because it’s not a ‘Christian’ book specifically – but Christianity does play a part in the book.  So far there has been some crude humor and a couple crude words, nothing that is ‘bad’ but words I just prefer not to use myself – so that being said I know this book isn’t for everyone – but I take in the time period which is circa 625 B.C. and since most of the characters are pagans in a pagan land their use of crude humor and other such things are somewhat to be expected.

 

In the front of the book is a list of characters which I’ve been using a lot – because there are a lot of characters and keeping them all straight for this busy mom is hard!  Also included is a map of the Kingdoms of Britain, c. 625 and a glossary which is also handy if you’re not familiar with the term Scop or Thegn.  The book is divided into three parts: Exile, Throne and Imperium which takes the reader through the years of Edwin’s reign both as an exiled king and then as high king of Britain.  The author has been great in re-creating the battle scenes and one can almost feel the mud, smell the horse flesh and hear the clanging of swords the description, while somewhat slowing to the overall read, make the book come alive and pulls the reader into the time period.  I’m looking forward to finishing the book and if my opinion changes I’ll update my review but at this point I don’t see that as happening.

 

 

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