Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tidewater by Libbie Hawker

Pocahontas is the young spoiled lowborn daughter of Powhatan. John Smith, the commoner and former slave, now the leader of the settlers in Jamestown. They form a bond, each trying to keep the peace while not betraying their group. Told from the perspective of the Native Americans, this book tells the side of history commonly forgotten.

I really enjoyed Hawker's previous books, and I found that I enjoyed this one just as much. Pocahontas is a spoiled girl full of dreams of power and knowledge, but she is very lovable. I enjoyed watching her mature and admit her failings. I also liked her loyalty to both her tribe and her adopted brother. I hated how her story ends, but you can't change the past. The scenery is beautiful and raw at parts, but life was raw too. This book is wonderful and leaves the reader wanting more, while rethinking history.


Monday, October 24, 2016

I am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith

At fourteen, Livia Drusilla is politically astute. Overhearing her father plot to assassinate Julius Cesar, she knows that politics are life and death. She is married off to a patrician and ally of her father, Tiberius Claudius Nero. Though the marriage wasn't of her choosing, Livia finds a small measure of happiness even through fleeing political strife. But Octavius, the heir to Julius Cesar's political fortune, must have Livia as his wife. Life as the wife of Rome's most esteemed politician can be draining, but Livia thrives.

This book shows off the softer side of the scorned woman, later known as Julia Augusta. Taking her from a young age to the beginning of the golden age, it shows a woman who cares for her family and Rome. I enjoyed watching her rise to the top of Rome, especially as a woman and one who had been on the losing side of history. The book is very full of plotting!

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Man's Word by Martin Jensen

Once again sent by King Cnut to investigate loyalty; Halfdan, Winston and Alfilda find themselves in Thetford's busy fair & market. Their host, a wealthy farmer is going to court to accuse a thane of assaulting his slave girl. The thane lies, and the case is dismissed. Angry words are spoken, and the thane is found dead the next morning. A trail of lies and bodies begins stacking up for the crime solving trio.

This case is the most complex case for Halfdan, Winston and Alfilda to date. The politics seems to really be pushing in on this case. The women are left out of court proceedings and the chances for Halfdan to regain his standing seem to be improving. This leaves our characters in a bit of a pinch to quickly solve this case. I loved the interaction and freshness Alfilda brings to the book. The book is really well written and enjoyable.

I purchased this book from Amazon.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Oathbreaker by Martin Jensen

Halfdan and Winston the Illuminator are given a job by King Cnut to seek out any ill feelings in the North. On their way North, a monk is murdered and his hand is severed while praying after a heated argument between the two sects of monks. The murder case is assigned to Winston and Halfdan, who quickly realize the case is not as simple as they thought.

This is the second book in the King's Hound series and its a bit slower paced, but still very good. This mystery took me a bit longer to solve out that the first. The politics and history blend seamlessly in his whodunit mystery. I enjoyed watching Halfdan grow and I really grew to love Alfilda.

I purchased this book from Amazon here.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield

The reclusive author Vida Winter scandalized readers when she released a collection of 13 tales that only included 12. Now, at the end of her life, she longs for the truth and commissions Margaret Lea to write her biography. Margaret, feeling the pain of secrecy within her family, finds a kindred spirit in Ms. Winter. As Margaret pulls the truth from Ms. Winter, the truth becomes crazier.

This book isn't like most of the books I've read. A story within a story is the most accurate description. I loved how Margaret and Ms. Winter were so different, but were alike in many ways. I enjoyed sleuthing along with Margaret, as well. This was a really good book and I enjoyed it a lot.

I purchased this book from Amazon here.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Thinara King by Rebecca Lochlann

I got these out of order.
The Thinara King, second novel in the Bronze age of the Child of the Erinyes series starts with Chrysaleon winning the hand of Adriela and the title of Zagreus. Wishing to delay meeting his end, he plots to use an old prophecy to take over Crete and rule with Adriela at his side. When Crete suffers the double tragedies of a earthquake and tsunami, as well as an invasion by a spurned competitor, Adriela's throne and dignity are taken from her as she is kept captive. Adriela must fight: for her life, her home and her husband.

This novel really springs to life. The action takes on a deeper meaning as Adriela grows from a child to a woman and queen. The love triangle starts to deepen and things really heat up. This is a fantastic read! 5 stars!

I read all three of the Child of Erinyes in a three part kindle book I purchased from Amazon here.

Monday, October 10, 2016

In the Moon of Asterion by Rebecca Lochlann

In the final portion of the Bronze age period of this six part masterpiece, Chrysaleon seems to be winning. Menoetius has been chosen to be Chrysaleon's cabal, setting in motion Chrysaleon's takeover of Crete and 8 year rule. But just as things fall together, they fall apart. In the final pages and days of this story, history is made.

Wow, this is how you end! The plot twists and turns like Crete's famous labyrinth. This book is mesmerizing. I can't wait to see what the next lives have to offer for our cast of characters. This end of this portion of the novel is heartbreaking and awesome. Fabulous!