King Alfred the Great has thwarted the Viking threat against his kingdom of Wessex. Signing a treaty with the formidable Danish King Guthrum, he succeeds in pushing the heathen army back to the rolling fens of East Anglia.
An uneasy peace holds sway: The King establishes a standing army under Lord Richard, who takes command of the citadel at Wareham.
Richard and his army are accompanied by his daughter, Gwyneth, an impetuous and reckless young woman - at once striking, intellectually gifted, but dangerously vain and imprudent.
While Richard broods on the Viking threat, Gwyneth falls in love with an enemy prince - only to discover that she has been betrothed to a Saxon warrior twice her age.
Refusing to countenance her grim fate, she flees the fortress, but is soon kidnapped by a Viking warrior and taken to the camp of King Guthrum while Saxon search parties scour the land.
In captivity, a hostage to fortune, and the focus of political intrigue, Gwyneth is submerged in a world of expediency, betrayal, and black treachery. Slowly, she realizes the truth is suspect, nothing is what it appears and her reality cannot be trusted.
And all the time, against this background, she desires nothing more than to be reunited with her dashing Danish prince.
©2009 Mary Ann Bernal (P)2014 Mary Ann Bernal
I loved being able to listen to this descriptive story on audio book. It really takes you in. I found it relaxing to listen to the story.
The author knows how to take you back in time. You feel like you are witnessing it all.
I think Sebastian Lockwood does a fabulous job. He has a very expressive voice and told the story so well.
There were times I was practically sent to tears. In a good way. It was very easy to get involved with the characters and storyline.
The Briton and The Dane is the first book in a trilogy that takes place in the ninth century. This book caught my attention right away. It was easy to get swept away into the drama and intrigue. I was amassed over all the deception that took place during those time periods. This book also has a very seductive side which made the story even more captivating and entertaining for me.
I love how Mary ann Bernal writes. She is wildly talented and has a real gift for telling a colorful story. The characters are very lifelike and the dialog is impeccable. I loved how the scenes keep shifting around throughout each chapter. I had to pay attention but it was so spellbinding and alluring at the same time. It is all very comprehensible and clever.
I loved all the history along with the romantic side to this novel.
In the top 20 and I've bought many!
This historical tale is an interesting story with scenery and characters coming to life. Treachery and romance woven into a well constructed plot.
I've listened to one other story by Sebastian and feel like, in both accounts, he did well on both books engaging me in a timeless account of Kings, Queens, and more.
Looking forward to more from both the author and narrator.
Rabid Listener/Reader and Shopper!
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Narration - Sabastian Lockwood - Hot Mess (but it's not entirely his fault!) There are SOOOO many character's in this book. I felt like it was a little schizophrenic at times. This narrator has a fabulous voice, but because of the need/his attempts to create so many character's some of the voices were a little out there and over dramatic. With extended consonants and too much bravado. For the most part, the book told you who was speaking, so I think it would have been an easier listen with just a couple of his nice voices and call it good.
I don't even know where to begin on the story. I gave this 3 stars because I thought it was ok. But I really had a hard time following this book. Maybe because it was audio and I was sometimes doing other things, it made it harder to follow. But it flipped from character to character or scene to scene and all the sudden, I'd stop what I was doing and say Huh? Who's this Helga person? (or insert one of many of the character names) I was continually rewinding and re-listening to parts...sometimes it helped...sometimes it didn't - in fact, it took me 6 days to finish this title.
I've read and listened to books with huge casts and never felt as lost as I did on this one. BUT with that said, I think maybe on a large road trip or something where my attention is a little more contained, I will try to listen to this again and I will revisit and revise this review if my opinion changes.
For light reading yes; serious romance no
Most memorable was that she falls in love when they could not possible have spoken more than a dozen words.
"What a wonderful story"
I would definitely recommend this book. The story is great and I am a fan of that time in history, listening to it, gave me time to actually visualise the people and places
I loved the voice of the narrator, I love the story anyway, how could I possibly pick one moment of the book
NO , I am new to Audio books
No, I like to listen to something every day , which means I limit myself. Also it tells you how many hours the book takes
I am looking forward to listen to more of Mary Ann Bernal books
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