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Molly B. L.

oakland, ca, United States


  • Shadow on the Crown: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patricia Bracewell
    • Narrated By Katie Firth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1002, 15-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 husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son.

    Molly B. L. says: "This one is a keeper"
    "This one is a keeper"

    I absolutely loved this book. It was beautifully crafted and is a excellent listen. Since there weren't many reviews for this book I thought I would throw in my two cents.

    There are a lot of things that I really enjoyed about this book and that brought it all together for me. One of them was that we got the story from the perspective of different characters; we got to know what they were thinking about, what was going on, and what they thought about all of the other characters in the book. Sometimes I have issues with the way authors make multiple perspectives flow, but Bracewell was able to transition fluidly to each character while still giving them a distinct personality.

    Like I said above I thought all of the characters in the book were very well developed. I took a personal interest in each of the characters and the situation they found themselves in. I thought she did a realistic job of portraying what could have been going through Emma’s head and the decisions she had to make. In my opinion she didn’t fall into one of the greatest pitfalls that authors with female characters make by giving Emma an unrealistically strong personality that makes her everyone’s savior or make her weak and needy. Athelstan was also wonderfully written (and probably my favorite character) because of his struggle between doing his “fate” and what he wanted for himself all while trying to do what was right for his family. I could go on and on about what I loved about each character but that would take too long.

    They storyline was very engaging and although I am not an expert on England’s history it seemed pretty accurate from what I know about the time period. There isn’t too much I can really say about the storyline without giving away the book, but I can say that my biggest disappointment about this book is that it is a trilogy… I want to know what happens!

    I don't typically listen to historical fiction, but I thought I would give this book a try since Patricia Bracewell and I go to the same tennis club. I have never met her so be assured that I am not writing this review because I am a friend. I am not her friend (I am sure she is very nice woman, but like I said I just have never met her). The only reason why I got this book is because she was going to be doing a book talk/signing at the club and there was a poster for it at the entry. I thought that it was really great that someone from the club published a book so I decided to take a listen. I wasn't really expecting much since this isn't the kind of book I normally go for, but it was absolutely wonderful. I have already listened to this book twice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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