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Cnut: The Conqueror: England: The Second Viking Age (The Earls of Mercia Side Stories Book 3) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B015R35BUI
- Publisher : M J Publishing (December 24, 2015)
- Publication date : December 24, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 6068 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 332 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1522892966
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #473,540 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“You think he comes to attack?” Cnut asked then, and Godwine was the first to make the connection between what he was asking and what he was hoping this meant.
“We don’t want him Cnut. He’s unreasonable and a bloody liar. I wouldn’t put it past him to pretend to be our ally and then burn our ships.”
“You think he loves his king that much that he’d risk himself in such a way?” Cnut didn’t for a moment. Eadric was a self-serving bastard. The weeks of watching him try to be invisible when his father had briefly been king, had caused Cnut no end of amusement and had solidified his hatred for the man. But, well, he might just have come to offer his support, and it might be just what was needed to end the stalemate.
“Attack him,” Godwine offered with a sneer on his face. “Kill him here and now and do everyone a huge favour.”
Cnut was thinking quickly. “We can turn this to our advantage,” he announced decisively only for Godwine to glare at him, too outraged to hide his anger.
“My Lord?” he spluttered, but Thorkell and Erik were already schooling their expressions, getting ready to treat Eadric with just the right amount of respect.
I think overall there was too much thinking going on in the book. Again and again Cnut thinks about how much he misses his wife Aelfgifu but he doesn’t make a huge effort to bring her to his side. He thinks a lot about how he wants to gain the loyalty of the Mercian Leofwine, but manages to screw that up, too. Every time he goes into battle, he thinks about how he’s going to win the crown that day; then he doesn’t. It got to the point where I didn’t really care what he was thinking since it didn’t matter anyway; I wanted to get on with the action. Nonetheless, the book moved along well and didn’t bog down, even though it was an uphill battle for Cnut (forgive the pun). I thought the author missed a couple of opportunities for some potentially spectacular episodes; there were times we got an after-the-fact explanation, which was anti-climactic. One chapter he is fighting for the crown; the next chapter Edmund Ironside is dead. We don’t see Eadric’s traitorous end. But throughout, the personal interactions were solid and believable, and so were the characters. It gave us a good overview of Cnut’s struggles to step into his father’s shoes.