Oct 8, 2013

Literary Guest Post on "The Devil's Brood"!


I have a couple of posts in the works for here and the other blogs... but my photo editing and writing have gotten a bit sidetracked lately by my need to get to bed early and READ! :p I've been sucked into the world of Sharon Kay Penman and her fantastic novels about medieval England and Wales (and parts of France when they were ruled by Norman lords). 

I've been taking notes for a more complete post on her books once I've finished with them, but I just wanted to share this with you: I was invited to write a review of one of them, The Devil's Brood, as a guest post on a blog centred on Henry the Young King (son of Henry II and Aliénor of Aquitaine, crowned King during his father's lifetime but he died before his father so he never reigned). Yay me! :o)

The Devil's Brood covers the period when Henry and Aliénor's sons are all grown up and causing serious problems for their father and each other (rebellion!), and it's the final book in Penman's Angevin trilogy (When Christ and His Saints Slept, Time and Chance, The Devil's Brood).

So here's the link to my review. I hope you enjoy it! And I definitely recommend Sharon's books! Just be wary of reading them when you go to bed... the result is many sleepless nights! :p

8 comments:

  1. Great review! I don't usually read historical fiction or anything historical for that matter, but I might consider giving this author a try.

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    1. Hey Dive Girl! :o)

      Historical fiction has been my favourite literary genre since I picked up Ivanhoe as a kid! :p I love how the well-written ones make me feel like I'm living in the past, end the best ones like this make these larger-than-life historical figures seem so REAL!
      Definitely give her a try! :o)

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  2. This is one I MUST try! Thanks for the recommendation, Cris. Going off to read your review. :-)

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    1. YES!!! You can start with this book, it's a trilogy but nothing "to be continued", just the last third of Henry II's life... but I would recommend starting with "When Christ and His Saints Slept" which is the story of the fight between the Empress Maude/Matilda (Henry's mother) and Stephen for the English crown. A naasty, long, civil war... that shows what an amazing woman Maud was!!!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your impressions with Henry the Young King readers, Cristina! Happy New Year to you and your family. I do hope your mum is better.

    Warmest regards,

    Kasia Ogrodnik Fujcik

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    1. It was really fun to do Kasia, thank you so much for asking me! :o)
      And yes, my mom is MUCH better! We finished up 2013 much better than we expected!

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  4. I'm happy for you and your mum! Tell her I've kept her in my thoughts after you wrote about her illness. Big hug to you both :-)

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    1. Will do Kasia, thanks!
      I finally brought myself to write about it all... can't believe it's been over 2 months since I wrote on any of my blogs! The end of 2013 has been crazy tos ay the least! :o(

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