Friday, February 3, 2017

Oswiu: King of Kings by Edoardo Albert (Book Review!)

Oswiu: King of Kings (Book 3 of The Northumbrian Thrones)

By Edoardo Albert

(received in exchange for an honest review)

Oswiu King of Kings

Genre- Fiction / Christian / Historical

Published by- Lion Fiction

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 560

Age Group- Adult (Men especially)

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $16.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-118-6

Penda King of Mercia has killed Oswald King of Bernicia.  He wants to kill Oswiu, Oswald’s brother.  He isn’t able to.  He strings parts of Oswald’s body up, and that spot becomes sacred.  Oswiu sets off on a mission to bring Oswald’s body back.  He succeeds, but Penda and Oswiu are even more bitter enemies than before.

Who will live?  What will happen with their children?

This book also contains a synopsis for books one and two, a list of characters, glossary, and a historical note.

About the Author-

Edoardo Albert has written for Time Out, History Today, and Minerva.  He is also a historian.

My thoughts-

One of my favorite time periods to read and learn about is the 1800 American West.  My other favorite time period to read and learn about is the time around when King Arthur could have lived. 

Oswiu: King of Kings, was interesting.  I enjoyed learning more about one of my favorite time periods.  I did think that this book was a bit long.  I personally found the first 200 pages to take a long time to read.  It was after Oswiu married Eanflaed that it became more interesting. 

I enjoyed the historical note at the end of the book.  It was fun learning about the history that this novel was based on.  I found the character list a great help.  I needed it to help keep everyone straight, because a lot of the names seemed the same.  The map and pronunciation guide were helpful as well.  I was grateful for the synopses of Edwin: High King of Britain and Oswald: Return of the King.  I appreciate it when authors put them in their book series. 

My favorite character in this book was Oswine.  He had the opportunity to change history by killing Eanflaed.  He didn’t he listen to his conscience and to Aidan.  Albert did a wonderful job of writing this book from a historical point-of-view.  I highly recommend it.

Here is my review of Edwin: High King of Britain.

Here is my review of Oswald: Return of the King.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Oswiu: King of Kings, by Edoardo Albert, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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