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Publisher's Summary

Set in England when Vikings are on the brink of invasion, this is an epic tale of seduction, war, and unrequited love from an outstanding new voice in historical fiction.

In AD 1002 Emma, a young Norman girl, must take her place as bride to England's King Æthelred, a ruler who is looking for nothing more than a political pawn to protect his shores and bear his next child.

But Emma soon realises that her new role comes with danger: the seductive Elgiva, mistress to the King, will stop at nothing in her battle for the circlet of gold.

Amidst the turmoil of a kingdom under threat and a forbidden love, both women will fight for the King's attention, a king whose haunted past is as dark as the portent in the night's sky. And the one who rises will become the most powerful woman in the kingdom.

©2015 Patricia Bracewell (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A magnificent work of historical fiction, evoking time and place in a remarkable way." (Daily Mail)
"This is one of the most enthralling and captivating novels I've ever read. It truly is an epic novel. I can't wait to read the next book by this author." (Karen Maitland)
"A meticulously researched, lyrically written tale which shines a sensuous light into the murkier depths of the Dark Ages." (Robert Low)
"A highly entertaining addition to the historical fiction genre." (Publishers Weekly)
"Readers of historical sagas and romances will embrace this rich narrative." (Library Journal)

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  • Kelly
  • 11-08-2015

enjoyable historical fiction

good narration good story enjoyed this book and will be reading the next in the series

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