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Betrayal: Historical Stories Kindle Edition
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"Every snippet of a story was a smash hit, but collectively as a whole, this anthology was a triumph. To take twelve different tales that don't have much in common and to join them in a common theme, such as betrayal, is extraordinary." --Adventures of a Tudor Nerd
- ASIN : B08NGJXM6L
- Publisher : Historical Fictioneers (November 13, 2020)
- Publication date : November 13, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 931 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 436 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,513 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am a long-time fan of Alison Morton's ROMA NOVA mystery / thrillers, set in a fictional "modern Rome," so it's not surprising that her story is my favorite in this anthology. However, the 11 other stories introduced me to some "new" authors (new to me) that I will now want to explore.
ENJOY this excellent collection of novellas exploring the theme of "betrayal" and don't forget to write a review!
Fans of historical fiction will find that every one of these stories is a well-told window to a different era, some with historical figures, others with fictional characters. I enjoyed them all tremendously, but one that filled out my knowledge of English history was Anna Belfrage's story of Edmund, the son of Edward I, who was the Earl of Kent. His betrayal and execution would have been momentous at the time, although he's just a footnote in the history books now.
I could go on, but suffice it to say that every one of these stories is well worth reading.
I enjoyed the almost lyrical cadence of these historical fiction stories where language and settings are so appropriate to the chosen era; something only achieved through painstaking research and love of subject. Despite each story’s brevity, the authors skillfully transport the reader into their fictional realm where, alas, murder, mayhem and Betrayal reign.
Kudos to all.
So, why “only” four stars? Four is excellent for an anthology.
I highly recommend you now check out these twelve five-star authors and their works.
The stories you like best will depend on your preferences for writing style and the periods that interest you most; my favourites were House Arrest by Judith Arnopp, about Margaret Beaufort, who is one of my historical heroes—I highly recommend Ms Arnopp's series about her, incidentally—and Love to Hatred Turn'd by Annie Whitehead, set in the 10th century; Ms Whitehead has that knack of making you feel as though you are sitting within the king's great hall in the kingdom of Wessex, as you are reading. I also very much liked All Those Tangled Webs by Anna Belfrage, which covers the time in 1330 just after Edward II had died, and Road to The Tower by Elizabeth St. John, about the lead up to the imprisonment of Princes Edward and Richard, who famously disappeared from the Tower of London.
I bow with respect to all involved. Highly recommended.