Sunday, April 19, 2009

An Involuntary King A Tale of Anglo-Saxon England by Nan Hawthorne

"An Involuntary King" is a grand tale, it is the best kind of story, a rich, exciting, medieval saga that skillfully blends adventure, romance, and history to weave a captivating tapestry the reader will want to stay enmeshed in even after the last page has been read.

Lawrence, younger son of Arneth, King of Crislicland, was never meant to be king. When tragedy foists the crown upon him, he fights to master his own feelings of unworthiness and self-doubt and prove himself worthy of the honor. He strives to become not just a good king, but a great king--strong, beloved, and wise.

This novel charts the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Lawrence's reign: the bloody battles to hold his kingdom and vanquish his foes; his marriage to the passionate and lively Josephine, whose beauty draws admirers as honey does flies, including a darkly handsome mercenary willing to do anything to make her his own.

With a vibrant cast of characters who seem to spring to life and leap right off the page and burrow tenaciously into the reader's imagination with a determination never to be forgotten, "An Involuntary King" is from start to finish a delight to read. The author's love, knowledge, and dedication to this book and its characters are apparent on every page. It is a strong and engrossing novel that fully deserves a dedicated following.

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