Debut historical fiction series vividly recreating the rise of the Christian kings of Northumbria, England
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.
Edwin is a king that I hadn’t heard of before reading this book. Being a history geek, I was a complete sponge while I read it – and once I started to get into the story, it was hard to put down.
What a wonderful debut novel this is. Edoardo Albert is a stunning new voice in Historical Fiction. The details in the story makes you feel you’re there, living a life in the 7th century and I absolutely applaud the obvious amount of research that must have gone into it. I don’t always enjoy books set in Medieval times but this one was easy to read with great flow and a fantastic cast of characters. Speaking of which, the development of Edwin and the rest of the characters is excellent. The author has a knack for making well-rounded, multi-dimensional characters that you either love or hate. And, they don’t get lost in a lot of historical ‘mumbo jumbo’ that some Historical Fiction authors include trying to give you a lesson. Edoardo writes it into the story so you’re learning something about the history of the time but in a way that it adds to the overall enjoyment of the story.
I’m so thrilled that this is the first book in a series (The Northumbrian Thrones). If subsequent books are as great as this one, we’re all in for a treat.
*Thank you to Amy from HFVBT for asking me to be part of this blog tour. I received this book in exchange for my honest review*
I’m thrilled to announce that I have one copy of this book to give away to a lucky reader of my blog! To enter, comment below with your email address (So I can contact you if you win), and also tell me what your favourite era is when it comes to reading Historical Fiction. Open to Canada, the US, and the UK! Contest ends on October 3. Good luck!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Edoardo Albert is a writer of Sri Lankan and Italian extraction based in London. The best response to his writing was when he reduced a friend to helpless, hysterical, rolling-on-the-floor-holding-his-stomach laughter. Unfortunately, the writing in question was a lonely hearts ad. He hopes to produce similar results in readers, without inadvertently acquiring another wife.
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, August 27
Interview & Giveaway at Dab of Darkness
Thursday, August 28
Review at Dab of Darkness
Tuesday, September 2
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Friday, September 5
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, September 9
Review at Book Nerd
Friday, September 12
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Monday, September 15
Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace
Tuesday, September 16
Review at Layered Pages
Thursday, September 18
Review & Giveaway at Beth’s Book Reviews
Friday, September 19
Review at Book Drunkard