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The Saxon And Norman Anglo Saxon and Norman of English rule Some may ave eard of Emma of Normandy but only because she is the mother of Edward the Confessor Patricia Bracewell attempts to remedy Emma s silence in Shadow on the Crown Shadow on the Crown begins in a slightly overwhelming manner as a surplus of characters are introduced within alternating chaptersviewpoints making it somewhat difficult to immediately feel a connection or grasp to the story However this settles with novel progression and becomes welcoming Bracewell also shows some inconsistency only initially with an almost forced attempt #TO BE OVERLY LITERARY AND DESCRIPTIVE #be overly literary and descriptive she finds a appy medium and supplements this with an added intrigue and raw storytelling The reader feels the story come alive with an ominous foreboding in a positive way which keeps pages turning Although Shadow on the Crown portrays many characters each as isher own personality and voice with ample development and without excessively predictable personalities Bracewell allows the reader to peel layers and facets concerning each character With each chapter s progression Shadow on the Crown becomes compelling and The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Rangers Apprentice, harder to put down This may be due to Emma s the main character likeability and attraction which grows with the story and also due to Shadow on the Crown not being cheesy or predictable like many otheristorical fiction novels In fact some moments are too believable and raw even causing disgust for its brutality but that just demonstrates Nora (Sunfire, how convincing Bracewell is Shadow on the Crownas a fast pace and is a moving easy to read uick novel and yet is not shallow or limp For instance the romance between Emma and Atheslstan is not explored deeply or mainly focused on which makes Shadow on the Crown stand out amongst other Sam the Plumber historical fiction novels whichave too much romantic overture The conclusion of Shadow on the Crown is strong and memorable solidly answering enough uestions but still paving the way for Bracewell s next installment Overall I would ave preferred a intimate look at Emma which was slightly minimized due to the multiple character viewpoints Also missing was a genealogical chart which could ave been Outside the Paint helpful On the contrary I generally don t likeistorical fiction novels which are fiction than istory fluff yet although Bracewell admits to this being the case with er novel again due to the lack of sources I still found the novel satisfying as it felt so real and encourages further research Shadow on the Crown is a delicious and engaging HF novel and will leave the reader itching for the next book On a less important note I enjoyed the text font which is very medieval in style and adds to the realness of the story I enjoy small details Where I got the book purchased at a conference Signed I know Pat Bracewell from the conference circuit and FacebookThis was my one buy at the 2013 Historical Novel Society conference because I d read good things about it on Goodreads I wasn t disappointed I don t generally like kings and ueens Historic Hahns Peak historical fiction but I enjoyed this account of Emma of Normandy s marriage to the king known in modern times as Ethelred the Unready Possibly because OH THANK HEAVEN it was written in thi As I sit down to write this review I find myself conflicted Part of this book was very interesting to me and I enjoyed it But there were things that I just didn t like and couldn t look past which affected my overall enjoyment of the book I can t call myself an expert onistorical fiction but I Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, have read my fair share and enjoyed uite a good number of them I am not entirely sure this is one of themLet me begin with Emma Emma starts this story at the age of 15 She is sent byer brother Richard Duke of Normandy to marry the much older King of England Athelred Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, he s 35 by the way Now I recognize that this was Spectacular book Review to come Find this and other reviews at Bracewell s Shadow on the Crown marked my first encounter with Emma of Normandy Theistoric record is sketchy at best so it isn t as if there s a lot of information for those looking to learn about BITE (A Mate Of His Own her but even the basics were new to me Naturally this blank slate mentality made it difficult to discern where fact met fiction but it also made reading the book a uniue experience as I was able to really lose myself in the narrative Bracewell s interpretation of Emma is wonderfully dynamic She is passionate resilient and astute but there is a vulnerability iner make up that rounds out er character and draws on the reader s sympathies I found the fire and spirit Bracewell folded into Elgiva of Northampton eually fascinating and enjoyed watching the two vie for power in thelred s court I admit Bracewell s dep. A rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval ueen In 1002 fifteen year old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England whom she meets for the first time at the church door Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court with a usband who mistrusts er stepsons wh. ,
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and just comes off as corny rather than genuineEach character was given their own uniuejust comes off as corny rather than genuineEach character was given their own uniue and even though they were not a main character their bits in the story still shown Emma was an amazingly strong character and it was a joy to read the majority of this story through er eyes The POV does occasionally switch up but is not overdone and provides additional and necessary facets of this storyWhat truly blows me away about this novel is that it s a debut novel The few istorical fiction debut novels I ve read in the past ave all read like the author is re wording their Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, history books Patricia Bracewell managed to re tell a piece ofistory and imbue something vibrant into it
s uite obvious the author is passionate about The Witches history and this time period in general buter passion is addicting and made it a true joy to read Shadow on the Crown does not tell all of Emma s story so I m very much looking forward to future books Enjoyed this book immensely I Splinter had previously read the second book in this trilogy But I would not advise reading any series backwards especiallyistory or Breed of Innocence (The Breed Chronicles historical fictionIn this the first of three books about Emma of Normandy Emma marries Aethelred the king of England in order to solidify a relationship between England and Normandy Emma s brother Richard Duke of Normandy gains an alliance with a king who controls a vast area of England Aethelred gets a promise that Richard will keep the Vikings somewhat under control Richard alreadyas a pact with the Danes and is related to them through The Princes Mistress his Danish motherWow there is a lot of background to understand names to learn places to get accustomed to but it s all well worth it And Bracewell is great at NOT info dumping Events people places backstories when needed are all included within the storyline itselfNo long tedious passages of who did what to whom fifty years ago unless it s relevant to what is going onEmma is surprised whener mother arranges this marriage as she Immortal Jellyfish has an older sister who should be the next to marry but Emmaas been chosen as she is the stronger sister both physically and emotionally She goes to marry the king knowing full well what is expected of California her which the author goes into in detail nothing iseld back Emma does not enjoy Afgantsy her marriageer Distant Early Warning (Star Trek (Star Trek: S.C.E., husbander new life but she prays and struggles to accept it with Somnium heread The Cronos Complex I heldigh Aethelred expecting a submissive wife like is first who recently died in childbirth is surprised to be married to an outspoken and and forthright woman but apparently the istorical Emma was no shrinking violet When she is tested she proves Maid of Dishonor (The Wedding Season, herself She endures a gossipy and back stabbing royal court which wants little to do wither enemies who would like nothing better than to see Dem Nordpol am nächsten her fail and either be sentome to Normandy or to a convent and yet slowly Emma wins over enough key and important people who become Heart Beat her eyes and ears whener The Site Book husband the king forceser into the backgroundDespite The Devils Possession her great dislike ofer Betraying Beauty (Vegas Titans, husband Emma wants toave Vrolok his child to cement the alliance with the two countries And even though Aethelred alreadyas seven sons by 僕の愛を知れ! [Boku no Ai o Shire!] his first wifee wants a child with Emma too if nothing else but to keep The Boy Who Would Not Say His Name her busy and out ofis way It is this continuing struggle between the two the king and Emma which is one of the main focal points of the novel And this is no romance one in which Emma ultimately finds the tender man under the Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped hard coarse soul of the man she married Not at all King Aethelred is a beast a manaunted by the ghost of The Hunger Within his brother as well as a ruthless ruler struggling to keep control ofis lands Between Two Skies his nobles and keep the Vikings Danes mostly from constantly pillaging plundering murdering raping all the things they were known for in this time periodThe time is from around the year 1000 to 1016 According to the author Emma was between 12 and 20 when she became Aethelred s bride The mainistorical figures are real the main events are real What the author Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England has imagined or filled in are the relationships between these people though there are manyistorical sources which give Nude Girls Photography Presents Ass Pussy From Behind - Compilation Vol. 5 hints and clues as to what went on between Emma ander The Dolce Diet husband Emma ander Norman court and others At the end of the book the author describes where real events and those which are fictional meet There is a lot of action in this book depictions of life at the time attitudes toward women and children the common people and the nobility and even what day to day life looked like The conversations are realistic and natural This is an interesting novel of the Anglo Saxon period in England Normandy and of course up north where those rascally Vikings dwell If only they d stay up thereI look forward to the third and final book in Bracewell s trilogy. Sband and the imminent threat of a Viking invasion jeopardize both Brave Enough her crown ander life Based on real events recorded in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle Shadow on the Crown introduces readers to a fascinating overlooked period of Spunk history and an unforgettableeroine whose uest to find er place in the world will resonate with modern reade. ,It S Uite Obvious
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DIDN T MUCH OF AN ONt much of an on but much of an impression on me but eldest son is another story entirely Little is known about Athelstan and is siblings but the romantic arc she constructed for thelred s sixteen year old The Letters to the Thessalonians heir wasighly satisfying and speaks volumes about the author who imagined it Finally I thought the world these individuals inhabited beautifully developed Though the novel is character driven the reader is afforded a thorough understanding of the period the lifestyle of the court and the political stage on which Emma s story takes place I personally believe atmosphere an essential factor in any fiction and can t elp but appreciate the effort and research Bracewell put into crafting such an authentic settingImpossible to put down Shadow on the Crown captivated my imagination from the start and left me itching to see ow things will unfold in future installments of the trilogy Shadow on the Crown is the first in a trilogy based on the life of Emma of Normandy I m feeling lazy today and other reviewers Geheimes Verlangen (Shades of Grey, hereave recapped everything nicely so I ll pass on another rehash I thought this was a solid effort from a first time writer and I m looking forward to the rest of the series Having read Helen Hollick s The Forever ueen also published as A Hollow Crown I was already familiar with the basics of Emma s life but since there are so many gaps in the Ivory (The Ivory Saga historical records it was fun toave another author s take on the what if parts and a Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, huge thumbs up to the author s notes at the end letting the reader know when she did that I really liked who Bracewell chose to portray Elfgiva sp and I think I know who she ends up with iner later years but I didn t read online too much to avoid spoiling myself Shadow on the Crown ends when Emma gives birth to The Temple of Death her first child Edward later to be known as Edward the Confessor There s still a whole lot of story to be told though so I am very much looking forward to books two and three My only cautionary note would be that if you ve recently read Hollick s book on Emma I would recommend putting some space between these two books to avoid too much been there done that On Christmas morning 1001AD King Aethelred of England s wife dies giving birth to their twelfth child As kinge must find a second wife Seeing an opportunity to strengthen Venus Blueprint his borders and make an alliance with Normandye agrees to a marriage with Emma the sixteen year old sister to the Duke of NormandyThirty five year old Aethelred is cruel unpredictable and Shame On Her Volume 3 haunted He treats Emma as little thanis broodmare and fails to see the intelligent and clever woman she is and the asset she could be to Bisk CPA Review his throneThough based onistorical facts Patricia Bracewell A Crazy Kind of Love has taken liberties with some of the story There are a lot of names characters relationships to contend with in the beginning But stick with it thisistorical fiction is well worth reading This era in English The Medieval Forest history is under utilised inistorical fiction A deft combination of court intrigue The Road Beyond Ruin historical fact entertaining fiction a sexual rival for the king s bed and a touch of romance Shadow on the Crown is a terrific debut focusing on a strong and fascinating woman in one of England s many turbulent and gripping times ARC courtesy of Viking Adult via Edelweiss I m going toave to start this review with the publisher s summary simply because it s a really good one and does My rating 45 of 5 starsA copy of Shadow on the Crown was provided to me by Viking AdultNetgalley for review purposes You must ever be prepared within yourself to face what trials may lay in store for you let this be your first lesson No one else must see you like this Emma Do you Backlash hear me However great the provocation you must never allow anyone to see your fearI m auge fan of Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, historical fiction novels but to beonest I don t branch out enough outside of my comfortable safe zone known as the Tudor time period This one caught my eye primarily because it is still set in England Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, however it s in a very very early England After this one I do believe Iave learned my lesson and I need to take chances with my In Defense of Food historical fiction picks Shadow on the Crown was superbly done Their destinies were like two rivers that flowed ever in the same direction within sight of each other but never meant to meet to touch to join as one What worked incredibly well was the evidence of research that was done in preparation for this novel The authoras stated that Shadow on the Crown is based on real events recorded in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle but it s evident the author as the ability to take pieces of istory and create a truly stirring story Also I really appreciated Black and White her interpretation of the romances In mostistorical fiction novels the romances are portrayed similarly to. O resent The Color of Water her and a bewitching rival who covetser crown Emma must defend erself against er enemies and secure Cake Pops her status as ueen by bearing a son Determined to outmaneuverer adversaries Emma forges alliances with influential men at court and wins the affection of the English people But Brave New World her growing love for a man who is noter u.