Thursday, November 1, 2012

Book Review of The Briton and the Dane by Mary Ann Bernal

5 out of 5 stars

The Briton and The Dane is the first book in a trilogy set in the ninth century. From the very first page this book caught and held the reader’s attention taking them from the modern twentieth century back in time of warriors, kings, queens, princes and princesses, as well as, evil doers.

With the authors insight and historical knowledge, the reader is able to visualize the fortress, the ship and the warriors who dwelled within and without, and is entangled into the religious decisions and deception of that time. This reader is particularly fond of Erik and the internal battle he faces as he is forced to accept a religion not of his own beliefs. It will be interesting to see how the next two books handle this discord. The language the author uses also depicts the time period well and reminded the reader of the famous movies made for that era. It was lovely to read that dialogue!

The author intertwines many characters within this plot and provides both a map and a character list to help with any confusion. Personally, this reader did not refer to the map or list the author provided but it is available if needed.

The plot contains twists that will leave the reader wondering what is coming next. The plot moves along at a nice pace and brings you into the character’s lives, thoughts and emotions. Treachery is amongst the kingdom as the plot builds, pitting family relations against each other.

In that age, it can only be assumed, that women have little role or say about their future; however, the author depicts great love and respect by the King in this story to allow his daughter to assume some decision in the role her future would take. For the reader, you will either like this or not, depending on your viewpoint of the story. Personally this reader enjoyed that aspect of the story!

It is with great delight that this reader is moving on to the second book in the trilogy and will therefore bid you farewell until the reader finishes the next one in line!

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