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- Print Length: 344 pages
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- Publication Date: September 2, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B075BVSCXP
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This can be a daunting task but the switches in subjects are done almost seamlessly. The relationships among the four, their mutual animosity and ambitions, and the struggles of each to achieve superiority at the cost of the others form an epic- like story. Whitehead follows the known history of the period; however since little is actually known about the true personalities of the four men, she, like other novelists, has the freedom to create personalities and their motivations. In her interpretation, Penda the great pagan is basically the good guy, the saints Edwin and Oswald not so saintly in the end, and Oswui the supposedly great Christian king is downright nasty. In addition, she has created complex and intelligent women for the historical characters about whom we know almost nothing except for their names. The two most important are the Mercian princess who Edwin married and then cast aside for political reasons and the indomitable woman Penda married. There are a host of other characters also brought to life: a rather testy Hild before she becomes Abbess of Whitby, the weak EAnna of East Anglia, Penda's petulant brother, the magnificent Raegwall of East Anglia and many others. These characters become real people and not just cardboard figures with funny names. It was a tumultuous period and the violence, hatred, and treachery are not downplayed. The battle scenes are well described but in a somewhat clinical manner so that the reader isn't overcome by the blood and gore. Cometh the Hour is an incredibly and richly detailed historical fiction of the best kind. My only complaint is the ending but I suppose it serves as a bridge to the next book in the series which I hope will be published soon!
I can’t wait to read more of her books!
Annie is great a weaving a historic tale that much I already know, so this one had to give me something more to top her last effort. I’m glad to say this indeed gave me the oomph I wanted.
What set this book apart from the rest was that it covers a wide period of time and you see events through many different perspectives. This gives you get much fuller picture of events as they flowed from one King to another, you can see how things fit together and overall get a much clearer picture.
This tale really shows that being King wasn’t always the position you’d want to be in, war can breakout at any time, you are constantly watching your back as even your friends might not be as loyal as they say they are and marriage is a political tool and to survive you need to be able to navigate all.
Penda was the biggest draw in the book for me, a lot focuses around him and rightly so, but what I really enjoyed was insights into the man I’ve read about before. I know we don’t know truly what went through people’s heads but we do have a lot of evidence to events that happened and I like how Annie manages to put fact and fiction together in a way that brings life to a historical individual.
What the author gets spot on for me is the flow of the story, effortlessly mixing detailed descriptions of places and people but at the same time never slowing down the pace of the tale.
Religion plays its part in this book and I felt the author depicted this period of transition well, when people changed from worshipping one god to another and highlighted how many would not change their beliefs along with some who would gladly worship anyone as long as it meant they would come out on top.
I’m not going to give away the plot of the tale but it really shows the political nature at the time. Sons are groomed to be King’s while daughters are simply seen as bargaining chips to create power links to other kingdoms.
To sum up, a wonderfully detailed account of the power struggles during the 7th century. There’s a lot of players involved so don’t rush it, take it slow and enjoy. Annie Whitehead has manged to again give me another action packed, engrossing historical read that I highly recommend to all.
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