Friday, March 6, 2009

The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick

Ancient Legend Comes to Life


In 450 AD. the British are under the rule of Vortigern. He is a mean and cruel king. Uthr Pendragon was king before that but Vortigern took his kingdom from him and Urthr dies. It is believed that Urthr didn't have an legitimate male heir, but he did. When Arthur was born he was switched to protect t his real identity, the rightful heir the Pendragon thrown.

As a child, Arthur meets Gwenhwyfar and know that she is the one he will marry but as adults, there are obstacles in the way of their union.

When Arthur is old enough to become a warrior he gets his training in Vortigern's army. By then Vortigern knows his true identity be wants to keep his enemy close. Arthur brought some loyal friends with him who also served in the evil army. They learn the art or war together and vow to overthrow Vortigern eventually and make Arthur the rightful king.

Helen Hollick leaves out all the usual mystery and magic. There is no mention of Merlin and Lancelot, which in my opinion, makes her version more plausible than other versions of the story.


This book is over 550 pages but reads very fast. I had some late nights because I had trouble putting this book down and when I did, I couldn't stop thinking of it! Hollick's writing is smooth and beautiful. She seamlessly transports her readers back to the Dark Ages.


This is book one of a trilogy. I don't usually finish trilogies due to the time commitment. There are so many books out there that I want to read and not enough time. However, I plan to read this complete trilogy. I can hardly wait to read what happens next!

4.5/5

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13 comments:

Just stopping by as part of the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed this book more than I did!

Thanks Serena! Too bad you didn't enjoy it more.

Hi Teddy,

Just stopping by on the tour, thanks for the link! I am so glad that you enjoyed this one, I have been a Helen Hollick fan for years and couldn't be happier that her books are reaching a wider audience.

Great review Teddy. As you know I really liked it too and plan on reading the rest of the trilogy. I'm really glad there's more!

Carey, I am now a new fan of Helen Hollick!

Dar, Thanks Dar! Me too!

I really enjoyed this book as well and thought that you wrote a great review of it. I can't wait to read the next book in this trilogy!

Thanks Samantha! Me too!

Hi Helen Hollick here - I'd like to say thank you for the fantastic review and for inviting me onto your Blog ... I would never have guessed that this was your first interview, you seemed to be a cool handed pro!

I'm looking forward to meeting you again when book two comes out in September

Helen

p.s sorry about the late nights I caused! :-)

Helen, thanks so much for stopping by and the sweet complement *Blush* Truth be told, I was very nervous and second guessed myself when I was coming up with questions.

I guess my self-confidence will come with more practice which means, I will need to paticipate in more blog tours. LOL!

I would be hounored to review book two! Just have your people get ahold of my people if you would like me to review it. LOL!

BTW, you should be sorry about those late nights. One day at work a colleague asked me if I was having trouble sleeping at night. LOL!

No worries, I just loaned your book to her. She will understand about the late nights. :)

Hmmm, the Arthurian saga w/o the magic....May just have to check this one out!

Linda, I'm pretty sure you would like it.

When I was younger I was thoroughly absorbed by the Arthur stories, and still have a very soft spot for them. I'm going to put this one on the TBR and hope I get to it in this lifetime. Great review, Teddy.

Linda, I had tried other Author books when I was younger. I think there was just too much fantasy to them. I found this much more believable.

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