Second in a trilogy, The Norman Pretender continues the story of the Godwin family, Earls of Wessex. Opening in 1052, the story talks about the Battle of Hastings. Harold Godwin is rescued by the Duke William of Normandy from captivity, but he is tricked later into swearing an oath securing William's succession to the English throne. After Edward the confessor dies, HaroldSecond in a trilogy, The Norman Pretender continues the story of the Godwin family, Earls of Wessex. Opening in 1052, the story talks about the Battle of Hastings. Harold Godwin is rescued by the Duke William of Normandy from captivity, but he is tricked later into swearing an oath securing William's succession to the English throne. After Edward the confessor dies, Harold recklessly breaks his oath and becomes king of England....
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The Norman Pretender Reviews
The Norman Pretender takes up the story where Gildenford left off, as the powerful Godwinson family returns to England after King Edward forgives them for their role in the massacre of his brother Alfred and 600 of his Norman followers. The old Earl dies and his oldest son Harold becomes The Earl of Wessex and the story then details Harold's life as he battles the Welsh and his bitter enemy Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, while also struggling with his jealous brother Tostig. We also see the return of the fictional character of Brand the Woodcutter (who has been living in Duke William's court), along with Wulfhild, the daughter he didn’t know existed, as he returns to England and Harold gives them the lands surrounding Fallowdene.For those familiar with the period and its history you know what happens next, but for the sake of those that don't I won't detail too much further, just suffice it to say that Anand weaves a fine tale of Harold Godwinson and the events leading him to make an oath of fealty that he cannot keep, the final treachery of his brother Tostig that exhausts Harold and his army, finally culminating in that fateful October day in 1066 and the Battle at Hastings.While this book is not quite as good as Helen Hollick’s Harold the King (a must read!), I had a very hard time putting this down and I am very much looking forward to reading the last in the trilogy, The Disputed Crown. These books are out of print and from some of the prices being offered quite rare, but if you can find copies at a reasonable price and are interested in this period I’d go for it. 4.5/5 stars.
Book #2 in a 4-book series. Deals with the Saxons of England in the 20+ years BEFORE the invasion of Duke William of Normandy. Very well written and I enjoyed it immensely. The problem I ran into is not with the story or the author, but the fact that volume #3 (The Disputed Crown) is NOT available from either my local library or the main library in my central Ohio town. I can buy a used copy (half.com) for about $30 but I want to read the book, not read and keep. I'm finding this to be more of a problem with older titles of this and other authors as well. I'm assuming that because of state budget cuts libraries can't afford to replace books when they become damaged or worn out. But it really stinks when you read 1-2 books in a series but can't get certain titles. I won't be reading book #4 (which I CAN get) because it kills the momentum IMHO.
Valerie Anand's style is direct, frank, and gripping. There is little or no action at all in either this book or its prequel, Gildenford, but yet they keep the reader interested. The subtle plays for power and political intrigue make up for the lack of action. A very well-researched and interesting historical novel.
Historical Fiction. Action and characters build. Need to know English history.
The one thing that slightly disappointed me about this book is how rushed the actual Norwegian & Norman Conquests were. 8 felt that they should have gotten more than the final 50 or so pages of the book. Hardraada's invasion especially I wish would've gotten more than the single chapter it got. Fantastic book, otherwise.
Valerie Anand is really an excellent writer. I love the way she can get the details of a battle scene across, without dwelling too much on pages of battle. It is really amazing and extremely well done. Her characters are so authentic, I almost feel as though I have lived in the 11th century. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
4.5 stars. http://shelfandstuff.blogspot.com/201...