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Friday, April 5, 2013

Book Review: A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury ( #AtoZChallenge )


Summary from GoodReads: It is 1399. Henry Bolingbroke, unjustly banished and deprived of his inheritance by Richard II, returns to claim his rights and deposes the king, to become Henry IV of England. He is aided by the powerful lords of Northumberland, especially by his friend, Harry Percy, nicknamed Hotspur.
But the triumph of his accession quickly turns sour in the face of ever-growing crises in his new kingdom, and Wales is the most pressing and troublesome of these. For although Henry's son and heir, Prince Hal, is the nominal Prince of Wales, the Welsh have a prince of their own blood in Owen Glendower, and they are swift to rally to his rebellious call to arms.
The three Henries all wish to see the House of Lancaster succeed, but their partnership contains the seeds of its own destruction. The spectre of Richard holds sway beyond the grave, and the shadow of regicide, the memory of past crimes and growing doubts and divisions cause a dangerous rift. The king also has powerful enemies who are all too willing to take advantage of this and tension mounts as the three men are drawn inexorably to a bloody collision some two miles from Shrewsbury...
As the many admirers of her Welsh historical quartet, The Brothers of Gwynedd, have come to expect, Edith Pargeter weaves a skillful tapestry of feuds, loves and battles into an enthralling narrative, telling personal stories as well as the well-documented historical ones, in a novel which received glowing praise on its first publication.


My Review: The first thing that caught my eye with this book was on the top of the front cover. It says: "A King, a Prince and the Knight who betrayed their dynasty." Now, tell me that doesn't get your attention. I had to put aside other books, finish the one I was reading and dive right into this one. 

The teasing didn't end there. I flipped to the very last page as soon as I was ready to read it. The top of this page says " A burning desire for one country, one love and one legacy that will last forever." Then, there was no question, I had to move this to the top of the TBR pile. 

If you enjoy historical fiction, you will absolutely love this. This is also pretty accurate. So, it's obvious there was some very well done research {which I love, I still complain about the movie "Troy" being historically inaccurate}. 

With the way this is written, I'm so afraid of giving away what goes on in this book. What I am going to say is ...

Follow the tale of the three Henry's. You'll be glad that you did.


RATING: 4/5

Pages: 365
Softcover

Review copy of this book provided by the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.

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