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Like many novels set in the Middle Ages, Falconieri's first effort has damsels in distress and handsome knights, but the difference is that this is also a very well-written and exciting read. The Wars of the Roses and their principal figures have often been fictionalized but rarely with such a sure hand. Both Lancastrian and Yorkist views are represented here. Young Edward IV is fierce and noble, while Henry VI is a dreamy, gentle man who never particularly wanted to be king, much less embroiled in a bloody struggle for the throne. The story is told from the viewpoints of kings, nobles, warriors, and commoners, making for a well-rounded and readable tale. Particularly interesting is the story of Samuel and Christopher Miller, two brothers who wind up on opposite sides of the struggle. The history here is good, the writing is better, and the action is almost nonstop. Recommended for all public libraries.DWendy Bethel, Grove City P.L., OH
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"The history here is good, the writing is better, and the action is almost nonstop." --Library Journal, June 15, 2000See all Editorial Reviews