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  • The Price of Blood

  • The Emma of Normandy Series, Book 2
  • By: Patricia Bracewell
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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The Price of Blood

By: Patricia Bracewell
Narrated by: Maggie Mash
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Publisher's summary

The second book in Bracewell’s outstanding Emma of Normandy series, set in 11-century England, when Vikings are on the brink of invasion.

1006 AD. Queen Emma, the Norman bride of England’s King Æthelred, has given birth to a son. Now her place as second wife to the king is safe and Edward marked as heir to the throne. But the royal bed is a cold place and the court a setting for betrayal and violence, as the ageing king struggles to retain his power over the realm. Emma can trust no one, not even the king’s eldest son Athelstan, the man she truly loves.

Elsewhere Viking threats to the crown are gaining strength, and in the north the powerful nobleman Ælfhelm is striking an alliance with the Danes. His seductive daughter Elgiva, former mistress to the king, is forced to act as a pawn in his plan, and is given as wife to a Viking Lord. Can King Æthelred finally listen to Athelstan, whose plan to strengthen the kingdoms’ ties will put off the Viking threat once and for all?

Emma must protect her only child without abandoning her noble position. And her inner conflict, between maternal instinct and royal duty, will be played out against the dramatic and bloody struggle for Britain’s rule.

©2015 Patricia Bracewell (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Great material; awful narration

What did you like best about The Price of Blood? What did you like least?

The material is unique and interesting. It brings the Anglo Saxon period to life.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was fine, until she started the voices. She should redo the book and just read normally. She even makes the young women and men sound like old hags living in a shack. This is an unnecessary distraction.

Do you think The Price of Blood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, she needs to get through the Chronicle.

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