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Spoil of War: An Arthurian Saga Kindle Edition

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Phoenix Sullivan has 20+ years in the corporate world as a writer and editor. Reviewers have compared SPOIL OF WAR favorably to MISTS OF AVALON, authored by Marion Zimmer Bradley. A fun fact: Marion published several of Phoenix's short stories in anthologies sold worldwide and in the fantasy magazine she edited in the early 90s. She was Phoenix's first editor.

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  • File Size: 936 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (March 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UH7Z7U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By JB on September 29, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
If this was an actual paperback, I would have hurled it across the room. Or maybe burnt it (as sacrilegious as I would have normally found such an act). It was not "woman's fiction", historical fiction, and most certainly NOT a romance novel. The story was unbelievably bad, with the heroine falling in love with the man who killed her father and enslaved her people. Not only that, but the so-called "hero" condoned such acts as one of his soldiers raping a dead woman. The hero also "gave" an 11-year-old girl to an old man, who raped her every night--and the heroine was turned on by this! There were other examples of rape in this book, and frankly, I did not bother to finish reading it. I have to say I'm disappointed, because the idea of an Arthurian "prequel" is intriguing.
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I will just give a few of the "highlights":

As this refers to the pope Celestine, this would probably take place in the pre-500 AD timeframe.

1) Britons did not live in castles - they lived in longhouses, all one big room, with no separate rooms.
2) "Ryan" is a modern name, not even a Gallic form of "Rian."
3) Squash originated in the New World which would not be "discovered" by the Europeans for eons.
4) The Great Schism didn't happen for another 500 years at least.
5) Why are flint arrows being used when iron is present and so much more efficiently fashioned into arrow points?

and so forth and so forth.

I'm not even going to go into the issues of rape, constant underage rape, etc, etc. I got halfway through the book and couldn't finish it. If it's your thing, *shrugs*. Just not mine to read a poorly-written one.
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The author of this book seriously needs to open a history book! "Prince Valiant" and "Le Morte De Arthur" have more accurate history than "Spoils of War: An Aurthurian Saga" and though Phoenix Sullivan is writing alternate history it's so clumsily done as to be downright silly and laughable. This would be forgiveable if the book was exciting and while the book started out farely well it quickly fell into meandering slowless with long diatribes of dialogue that sounded like grad students speaking rather than late Roman Empire or Dark Ages nobles. Historical romance and even Arthurian romance needs a certain feel and this one missed big time!
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I agree with some of the reviews and wish I had read them before purchasing this book. The rape scenes within the first 2 percent of the book was enough to make me stop reading, and I always finish a book-ALWAYS. The rape and mutilation of an old woman's dead body is appalling and sick. Then you have the rape and "gifting" of a child for sexual use. Then the main character, Elsbeth is raped by a drunken soldier and the king is livid as she is his "spoil". I am appalled that at any point in this novel Elsbeth is supposed to fall in love with the king responsible for this travesty. I don't think so. This book makes me want to wash my mind out with soap. This is not entertainment, it's a continuing story of assault. Why would any woman want to read this? I am all for really steamy sex scenes but that is not what rape is. Sick!!!
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Going by the reviews up to date, opinions on this book differ widely.

It seems that most of the people who gave this book one star were bothered mainly by the rape scenes, particularly those involving 'Ruth', an 11/12 year old girl (but others too).

My family is German and my grandmother was a young woman at the end of the war. She saw many horrible things. No need to go into details but, suffice to say, she saw things that make what happened in this book look like a walk in the park.

Those reviewers that feel that child rape, rape of dead bodies, etc. are disgusting and should not have been part of this book are partially right. Yes, it is disgusting but - guess what? - it happens. It's happening right now in different parts of the world.

Don't read this book if you're looking for a typical romance - this is not it. And the author warns you of that up front.

The reason I give this book three stars is not because of the rapes but because the heroine simply didn't ring true to me.

In the beginning of the book, the heroine's father is killed (by a sword in the face - ugh), her home overrun, everyone she knows either killed or captured. That night she is raped (not by the 'hero'). Yet by the next morning, she is getting sexually excited by the motion of the horse she's riding and the arm of the 'hero' around her body.

Sorry, but...no. Yes, I understand this is set in distant history and 'modern sensibilities' should not apply but the sheer quickness of her physical longing for the hero seems false, especially since her one and only experience of sex is the rape the night before.

Before I say anything more, I should mention that I've read only about a third of the book so far. But I doubt I'll continue.
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in brief, this is a bad romance. the longer form of the review is that I could not make it past 25% on my kindle. actually stopped reading at 20% but paged ahead a bit and it was the same. he is trying to get her to go to bed with him and she is saying no. just different places. all very boring really. and the fact that she witnessed the deaths of her father, and basically everyone in her home, and she "just puts it behind her". as well as the rape, which makes her desire sex. hmmm. what youth wrote this? I have talked with many who have been raped and that is not the reaction they tell me, in fact they fail to find sex fulfilling even with someone they love. and trauma--witnessing murder--that results in post traumatic stress disorder, a mental disorder. so along with the posts that complain about the lack of detail to the era. I find the lack of reality regarding human nature, very upsetting. the book , charaters could have been handled differently, which is what I was hoping for, but I can no long continue reading this book. my advice, don't even start it.
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