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- Print Length: 249 pages
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- Publication Date: September 2, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- 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!
This is the story of Penda of Mercia and the growth in dominance of Mercia over its warring neighbours, Northumbria, the West Saxons and the Welsh. Told through a multi-strand narrative, we get an excellent viewpoint of the different characters as a saga, with families interconnected through marriage and war. But even with the large cast, the author does an excellent job in fleshing out each character so that it wasn’t hard to keep track of who was who. I loved the central characters, Penda and his wife Derwena. Penda was intelligent, pragmatic and an excellent leader. Derwena was the perfect life-mate for him, and I loved how both supported the other to reach their goal of building a formidable kingdom.
This story has something for everyone – exquisitely researched, familial relationships, kingdom building, loss and treachery. Highly recommended.