- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Gemini Sasson-Brickson
- Audible.com Release Date: August 21, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EOYI4HE
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Uneasy Lies the Crown: A Novel of Owain Glyndwr Audiobook – Unabridged
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The characters/historical figures in this novel are written so incredibly well. As a reader you are completely pulled into their lives and struggles. Their stories are so incredible and well written. More than once, tears came to my eyes while reading. I found the story of Owain Glyndwr and his family to be absolutely fascinating. His long struggle for the freedom of his country is so inspiring. His family went through so much during his struggle for freedom. From the early years of love and happiness, and then through the years of sadness and pain while Owain struggled for the freedom of his country. It reminds me of the struggle that Robert the Bruce went through while attempting to save his country, Scotland.
I love Sasson's writing style. The way she describes the setting of the story, takes the reader right into the action. I was able to clearly picture the terrain of the Welsh lands while reading. I was able to `see' the battles taking place, and the different journeys that they were taking through the land. I love that she is able to describe things so clearly, without bogging the reader down with unnecessary details. The thoughts and feelings of the characters are described so clearly, that as a reader you almost feel what they're going through.
N. Gemini Sasson is an amazing author of historical fiction. She keeps the events historically accurate, and gives the characters personalities that are so real, that you can believe they might have actually been like that when they were alive. I would recommend this book to all lovers of historical fiction, regardless of the time period of your interest. I knew absolutely nothing about the Welsh struggle for freedom, but by the end of this novel, I feel like I had a pretty good understanding. Overall, I thought this was an amazing book, and I'm looking forward to all future books by N. Gemini Sasson.
I give this book five out of five stars.
I did feel she dealt very fairly with all the combatants in this story. No one was truly good and no one truly evil; whether Welsh or English. This means that the human side of all characters was presented, warts 'n all and, in the two principal characters in particular. Owain and Harry (Henry V) are very beguilingly portrayed and it resulted in an enthralling contest of hearts and minds. Sadly, (or perhaps not if you're English) it would seem that Owain was extremely unfortunate to be thrust into his position of defender of Welsh interests and honour at the exact time of the emergence of possibly one of England's greatest military monarchs.
Narrative is strong, action is brutal and raw. Characters are well fleshed out and satisfyingly vulnerable to mistakes in the their plots, plans and operations. The always devious political shenanigans of the time are also developed in a way that has the reader sometimes sighing "Oh no, how could that happen." It does though, and corker of a tale enfolds as a result.
All in all I consider this one of the very best novels of this genre.
This is not a light read, and if you get attached to the people you're reading about, it can be a bit emotionally traumatizing. Things don't wrap up all pretty with a bow and a happy ending. It is long and there is war. It is definitely worth reading, though. Owain fought for a worthy cause -- the freedom of his people. They fought valiantly. There are a lot of little side stories in the middle, but this is not a romance novel as one person mentioned. The story merely takes the reader through Owain's life. Many people get married and have children; some people wind up having affairs. That doesn't make it a romance novel and the premise doesn't suggest such a thing so I think the point was missed there.
It's hard to come away from this book without being changed and without thinking about it quite a bit afterwards. I am glad I read it.