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- Print Length: 244 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Albannach Publishing (April 6, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 6, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DYH6JRS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A King Ensnared: A Historical Novel of Scotland (The Stewart Chronicle Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It just wasn't quite interesting enough to keep me going through it--and everything with Joan was pretty eye-roll-inducing.
We get to feel the changes in emotion felt by James as he is alternately thrown from prison into the fierce fighting of war. My only advice is to read the notes and lists of characters, explanations, and Scottish terms. I would have to say that there were many unfamiliar terms, and although they were explained at the end and were the obviously the product of extensive research, I believe most readers could follow the storyline better if many terms would have been left out. I can recommend this writing though.
This novel covers the time just prior to his being taken captive by Henry IV of England through the death of Henry V. Taking the reader from the Shores of Scotland, to London, and to the wars of Henry V in France. It tells the story of a twelve year old further King taken prisoner and held as such for 18 years. We witness the growth of strength and character in spite of his circumstances.
Anyone who enjoys the history of Scotland would enjoy this story - a tale of perseverance and determination that so often embodies the Scot people.
The novel does contain a number of grammatical and spelling errors, which I have found there are more and more novels on Amazon Kindle that are just riddled with these kinds of mistakes, which is a real annoyance, but in this particular case, the read itself was so captivating I stayed pretty enthusiastic to read on. Some are such a hassle, I just put it down and go on to something else.
I don't know that the character of these people are true since we really have no factual depiction of the daily lives of these people who endured what no one in this present day could survive. Death was so commonplace that it is almost taken as a given that you're more likely to be murdered than wake up to another day. The state of mind adapted to the reality of these dark European centuries and the unending wars, massacres and daily killing of thousands and thousands of innocent people. Although this novel isn't really about that so much, King Henry was certainly someone who indulged in this kind of a killing on a massive scale with absolutely no conscience. At any rate, for James to have survived being imprisoned and forced to oblige Henry in his campaigns of war and death is incomprehensible, but am very glad to see who never swore fealty to Henry, making James a true man of honor, which were somewhat commonplace during this time, and is almost nonexistent today.
I haven't explored the rest of this author's novels, and am not sure that he doesn't continue on with James' story, but will research since I am anxious to read more. I took a chance on this since I've never ready anything this author has written, but King James I was also someone I had not explored so was interested to dive into this book, and I'm glad I did. I do recommend it as it is well written and King James' imprisonment from his youth is an unbelievable story.
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