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- Print Length: 454 pages
- Publisher: Timelight Press (February 16, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 16, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0795BMD9W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In this book the character who disappointed me the most was King Edward. Adam risked his life many times to protect the young king, and in return,when Adam needed him the most, the king turned his back on Adam. He allowed his followers to call Adam the 'lame' knight's. Kit and Adam suffered many losses in this book, they both lost their brothers due to the King's betrayal. If there is another book in the series, I hope Adam and Kit do not go back to court to be humiliated by the young royal couple who are turning out to be as power hungry as their predecessors.
One of the aspects of her books that I like is that Adam and Kit are believable characters for their time period. They are both wonderful and yet are still bound by the strictures of their society.
Even though she wrapped up the story nicely, the author teased that this might not be the end of Adam and Kit. I would love to see what might develop with Adam and Kind Edward. She also hinted at another historical series, which I sincerely hope she does. I will definitely buy anything Anna Belfrage writes.
The Cold Light of Dawn takes place in early 14th century after the rebellion. Edward II has died, leaving Queen Isabella and Roger Mortimer as regents since Edward the III was so young when he was crowned. However, he's growing older and coming into his own, and Adam is caught between his mentor in Mortimer and his loyalty and respect for this young King who is showing his own capability while they are showing they might just be power hungry. You can read this book as a stand-alone, but there is so much more depth given to the characters and their situations if you read the series.
As readers, we see the story through the eyes of Adam and Kit, a couple who both have important roles at court, but that seem to have to judge the ebb and flow of so many just to keep on the right side. And sometimes, that leads to betrayal even when you try your best. But Adam and Kit know how to survive and keep their bond strong, even through the good times and bad. Anna always creates proper couples in the highest character development, juxtaposing them to each other in the most natural ways. You feel as a reader that Adam and Kit truly exists and your cringe and groan for them, as well as smile as their debates, discussion, and banter. As for the other characters, Anna always seems to match off people in twos, or less, and she gives them so much depth that it makes her one of the BEST authors in regard to creating a cast that is easily identifiable, accessible, and discernable. In this fourth book, Adam really shines at his best though. He probably was worried it was the end of his story because things sure did get exciting for him in all sorts of ways, but also by the end, terribly heart-wrenching.
Those who know me and my reviews know I don't really ever talk directly about plot or what happens in books, as I want that journey to be the reader's own, but her dialogue, flow, continuity, and scenes were tied together in a way that made you turn each page as if you were right there in the story. As far as historical accuracy, Anna is the utmost painstakingly perfectionist in her research, and it shows, to create a detailed backdrop that gives us a good glimpse to this time period and reign of court.
I'd highly recommend all of Anna's book, including The Cold Light of Dawn. If you haven't read any books by Anna, you could even start with this one, but I'd certainly give the whole series a whirl. Her writing, on this fourth book, and in all, creates a story(ies) you get lost in. There isn't heavy-handed history or the type that is so dry you'd rather not learn. It's captivating, almost like a dream, and always over before you want to close the last page.
Once again, Anna creates a skippy plot, engaging dialogue, and beautiful descriptive scenes in The Cold Light of Dawn, and then, wraps them all up in extraordinary characters migrating on a spectacular dramatic voyage in which they polish the dramatic era of the 14th century with a wide range of emotions and intense finesse.