Title: The Price of Blood
Author: Patricia Bracewell
Review: I loved the 1st book in this series and was looking forward to reading this book - here is my review of Shadow on the Crown - Well this book did not disappoint - it is a good book that continues the story of Emma -Queen of England and her family - her children and the King's children as they grow and the country comes under fire from the Danes.
I love her writing and the way she is bringing history to life - I read the disclaimer of sorts at the back of the book about what the author put in as her spin on things and what is actually known about that time in history. Kings Queens Princes and Princesses - fighting for love- for honor - for life - for title and money - land and country- what a tale this author weaves for her readers - now I just have to wait for the final book to find out what happens - will it be happy? I do not have a clue at this point.
I say who cares what really happen when the author makes such a great story around these characters and their lives - I am rooting for Emma even if things are going to get worse before they get better. I love how Emma puts position above all else - how she is the Queen and she must be strong for England as their Queen - Intrigue - murder - death - birth and all while England wars with the Danes and the Vikings - who is going to come out on top and who will be beaten back? Will Emma and her children be safe and will she ever have the love of her life or will that be another sacrifice for king and country? Read this series to find out and if you love historical novels this is one for you.
A beautifully written book and now I am stuck waiting for the next one to see what happens to Emma and the great country of England.
This book was sent from the publisher for an honest review - well I honestly love this series and wish the next one was out so I could read it today.
Synopsis: Menaced by Vikings and enemies at court, Queen Emma defends her children and her crown in a riveting medieval adventure
Readers first met Emma of Normandy in Patricia Bracewell’s gripping debut novel, Shadow on the Crown. Unwillingly thrust into marriage to England’s King Æthelred, Emma has given the king a son and heir, but theirs has never been a happy marriage. In The Price of Blood, Bracewell returns to 1006 when a beleaguered Æthelred, still haunted by his brother’s ghost, governs with an iron fist and a royal policy that embraces murder.
As tensions escalate and enmities solidify, Emma forges alliances to protect her young son from ambitious men—even from the man she loves. In the north there is treachery brewing, and when Viking armies ravage England, loyalties are shattered and no one is safe from the sword.
Rich with intrigue, compelling personalities, and fascinating detail about a little-known period in history, The Price of Blood will captivate fans of both historical fiction and fantasy novels such as George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Viking
(first published February 5th 2015)
Author Bio: Patricia Bracewell grew up in Los Angeles where her love of stories led to college degrees in Literature, a career as a high school English teacher, and a yearning to write. A lifelong fascination with the history of Britain and a chance, on-line reference to an unfamiliar English queen led to years of research, a summer course in Anglo-Saxon history at Cambridge University, and the penning of her debut novel Shadow on the Crown. The book was hailed as a magnificent work of historical fiction by England’s Daily Mail and an enthralling debut by Publishers Weekly. The second novel in this trilogy about Emma of Normandy, The Price of Blood, releases in February, 2015.
Patricia lives with her husband in Oakland, California. Look for her on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/PatriciaBrac... and on Twitter she is @Patbracewell.