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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: #41,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Cold Light of Dawn: The King's Greatest Enemy #4 Kindle Edition
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Adam de Guirande is married to Kit, the grand love of his life. The passion between them is obvious, frequent and well-described. Such a great union is all that keeps Adam from losing his sanity. For Adam is also tied to Roger Mortimer who brought him from a low position to the place Adam now occupies. He owes Roger everything and yet has sworn loyalty and love to King Edward. Roger knows this but pulls at Adam’s conflicted, tortured thoughts and feelings, saying he realizes the conflict but always reminding Adam of where his first loyalty should be.
The King, Mortimer, Lancaster and others all have spies everywhere, throughout the country as well as in other countries such as France and Italy. The issues are not new nor are the machinations that would give England France, earls and other nobles who would acquire more land and power throughout England, etc.
The tensions among Adam, Edward, Roger, Isabella and Lancaster are gradually increasing to the point that the reader knows an explosion is soon to occur and for some end quite badly. Kidnappings, sword fighting engagements, ladies who enchant with more dangerous but subtle plans in mind, and more fill these swiftly moving pages with excitement and intrigue. A medieval sense of brutality leaves the reader occasionally breathless.
The Cold Light of Dawn is great reading and easy to follow whether or not the reader knows the history of that particular time period. Adam loves both his Lords but “a divided house cannot, indeed, stand!” One suspects another novel in this series is to follow which will be highly anticipated by this reviewer! Spectacular historical fiction!
The historical characters are often paired; Roger Mortimer and Isabella of France, regents and lovers, the young King Edward III and his wife Philippa of Hainault, two teenagers fast becoming adults and anxious to rule, and the imagined but realistic Adam and Kit de Guirande, the king’s captain and the young queen’s lady in waiting.
I have a lot of sympathy for Roger Mortimer. Arrogant and power-seeking, he may be but in this novel, a true lover of the fascinating Isabella. He knows he has betrayed his wife and family as well as committing treason by sleeping with Queen Isabella, but Ms Belfrage has invited us to consider his inner heart and motivation. A clever drawing of a powerful character. The interplay between Adam and Roger is heart-wrenching as Adam is torn between his loyalty to the young king and his deep debt to and love for his erstwhile mentor, Mortimer.
The Cold Light of Dawn sees the power play come to a head in an intense narrative. Yet it touches us with the same emotions we experience today. Highly recommended.
It will be hard to justice to this fantastic novel in a review. The book not only tells you a story, but awakens your feelings and takes you on an emotional journey as well as a literary one. I enjoy reading – I always have – but I rarely come across a book, or series of books, that bring out all the emotions and will have me laughing and smiling in places, heart in my mouth in other places and leave me with tears streaming down my face at times. The action and excitement are constant, the dangers ever-present.
So what is it about Anna Belfrage’s writing that makes her stories so special? I wish I knew! I wish I could bottle it! She is the consummate story teller. She breathes life into her characters, brings the past right to you, and takes you back in time so the 21st century is a distant memory. In The Cold Light of Dawn the author draws on her vast knowledge of the 14th century in order to transport the reader to the early reign of Edward III.
It is her knowledge and understanding of her characters, both historical and invented, that bring the era to vivid life. Edward III is the teenage king, trying to break the shackles of his mother and her lover, Isabella and Roger Mortimer. Edward and his young wife, Philippa, are depicted as both teenagers and royals – young people, at times, with a power they are unsure how to wield, while at other times chafing under the control of their elders. And they control the lives of Adam and Kit. Adam is the captain of Edward’s guard, while Kit is one of Philippa’s ladies. Both benefit and suffer from the pleasures of the master and mistress.
Roger Mortimer is a wonderful character; I had never felt sorry for him and the road his life took him, until reading this series. Roger is a larger-than-life character, much as he must have been at the time, knowing the dangers he risks, but acting with a certainty that he is doing his duty, however misguided some of his actions appear to be. And even the minor characters are well researched, including one of my own Heroines of the Medieval World, Alice de Lacey, who is sympathetically portrayed, despite the fact she has little more than a walk-on part.
The Cold Light of Dawn takes the story of Adam and Kit through personal challenges and national intrigues, their duties placing them at the heart of matters they don’t always want to have anything to do with, dividing their loyalties and endangering their lives. A fast-paced and thoroughly engrossing read, this is a book that is impossible to put down, continuing a series that has got stronger with every new story.
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