Wednesday, April 29, 2015

G572 Book Review of The Queen of Sparta by T.S. Chaudhry

Name of Book: The Queen of Sparta

Author: T.S. Chaudhry

ISBN: 978-1-78279-750-0

Publisher: Top Hat Books

Type of book: Sparta, Greece, Persia, viking, 480 PME-477 PME, wars, Rome, Valkyrie, Saka, Indus River, kings, the 300, Sparta vs Athens, Argos, battles between city states, alliances, politics, Oracle of Apollo, 327 PME

Year it was published: 2014

Summary:

Xerxes, the Great King of Persia invades Greece in 480 B.C. at the head of over a million barbarians. 300 Spartan’s led by King Leonidas die heroically blocking the Persian advance at the pass of Thermopylae. The Persians are poised to conquer all of Greece.

The only one standing in their way is a woman – Gorgo, Queen of Sparta. Though history has relegated her role to an interested bystander, what if she played a central part at the heart of the Greek resistance to the Persian invasion. What if she kept her true role a secret in order to play it more effectively? What if she was hiding other secrets too – dark secrets of murder and vengeance? What if the only person who truly appreciated her genius was an enemy prisoner? What if after their victory, the Greeks start to turn on each other? What if, eventually, Gorgo has to choose between the security of Sparta and safety of her son? And what if the only one who could find a way out is the same prisoner whom she has vowed to kill?

Characters:

The character of Gorgo is definitely strong and amazing. She is not a damsel in distress, and she enjoys having and using power for good of Greece. She is powerful, intelligent, open minded, savvy, and might possibly be reminiscent of Elizabeth I of England, at least the way she is in the book. She is also not in a hurry to get married and seems to enjoy single-hood. Sherzada is a fictional prince from Indus Valley, a dark skinned man of Saka origins who seems to match Queen Gorgo's intelligence and who is also a world traveler and wise. I have to say its fun watching these two match wits with one another. There are other characters too, but I feel that they aren't well drawn as Queen Gorgo and Sherzada, but yes, the women are strong and play in battle roles.

Theme:

Women play a greater role than was previously thought of.

Plot:

The story is written in third person narrative from Gorgo's and Sherzada's points of view. I cannot recall if other characters added in their two cents or not. The story is political, military, and a mix of different cultures, which I've highly enjoyed, so yes, a little something for everyone, although the romantic aspects of the book need to be worked on a little more. Some of the stories and plot lines are unfinished, but yes I would like a sequel about these two and it definitely whetted my appetite for Sherzada's homeland.

Author Information:
(From Pump Up Your Book)

T.S. ChaudhryT. S. Chaudhry was born in Karachi, Pakistan. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Formerly a Pakistani diplomat, Chaudhry currently works for the United Nations on peace and security issues in Africa.
THE QUEEN OF SPARTA is Chaudhry’s first novel. He came up with the idea to write a story about Queen Gorgo being the architect of the Greek resistance against the Persian invasion while reading Herodotus for his A-Level examination in England several decades ago. “As a lover of history, or a ‘history-buff,’ I have always enjoyed reading both fiction and nonfiction about this period.”
Chaudhry is currently working on a “prequel” to THE QUEEN OF SPARTA based on events leading up to the Battle of Marathon, called Fennel Field.
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Opinion:

According to goodreads site, I'm definitely in minority for liking the book, but I couldn't help but like it. Yes, it does need a little work, but for me, the story and the writing really have high potential. I barely know anything about Greece, aside from, well, Athens vs Sparta competitions. I also barely know anything about the ancient world of that day, how it lived and functioned. Many times whenever I try to read historical fiction books, I tend to get lost a lot in the politics of that era (irony because I'm a history major...) I only have skeletal ideas of the Peloponnese Wars and of 300 of Sparta and the battles. Yet I highly enjoyed the story and was able to keep up with what's going on and I also loved how different cultures came into play, such as the viking culture, the Persian culture, the Indus River culture and even Roman culture! What I also appreciated is that although fictional, the protagonist of Sherzada is from South Asia rather than Europe. I do feel that the romance between Queen Gorgo and her paramour could be worked on a little more, but at least excellent backgrounds and convictions on how these two belong together. Still there are some unfinished threads which I wish would be worked out in the possible future books.

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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G553 Book Review of Blood Mission by Joni Parker

Name of Book: Blood Mission

Author: Joni Parker

ISBN: 978-1-5029618-4-6

Publisher: Village Green Press

Part of a Series: The Seaward Isle Saga

Type of book: fantasy, action, elves, half elves, water elves, figuring out things, soldiering, missions, blood mission, siblings, friendship, male vs female tasks

Year it was published: 2013

Summary:

When the lives of the two most powerful Elves on Seaward Isle are threatened in a plot by the rogue Elf Mellen, Prince Darin of the Water Elves and Lord Odin of the Tree Elves charge Alex, a young female tracker with a Blood Mission—to hunt him down and kill him, or die in the attempt. Blood Mission puts the fate of the kings and the safety of the inhabitants of Seaward Isle in the hands of a teen-age half-elf warrior. Can Alex survive her mission long enough to discover her own true destiny?

Characters:

For me personally, the characters were a bit more developed and interesting than in previous books, and to an extent, they were memorable, at least the female characters. The male characters weren't very drawn out and most seemed to be either in awe or in love with Alex or else fearful for her.

Theme:

No idea what the theme should have been

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from a lot of characters' points of view. While the author does have talent for differentiating between the characters and their points of view, I feel that more practice is needed to go into the writing because it wasn't used fully, and for me it reads flat instead of evolutionary. The style is more told than shown. Also, there didn't seem any breaks between different narratives.

Author Information:
(From Pump Up Your Book)

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Joni ParkerJoni Parker was born in Chicago, Illinois, but left the windy city at an early age when her family moved to Japan.  Upon return to the United States, her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from Camelback High School and began college.  However within months, Joni quit college and joined the Navy where she became a Photographer’s Mate.  After 3 years in the Navy, she returned to college and got married.  She got a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA before she returned to the Navy.  As a Commissioned Officer, Joni attended the US Army Command and General Staff College, completing a Master of Military Arts and Sciences Degree.  She retired from the Navy with over 22 years of service and spent several years traveling the United States in a motorhome with her husband.  When he died unexpectedly, Joni returned to work for the federal government in a civil service job.  Five years ago, she started writing and retired once more to devote more time to her new passion.  She currently lives in Texas.
Her latest fantasy books are The Black Elf of Seaward Isle,Tangled Omens and Blood Mission.
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Opinion:

While there did seem a bit improvement to the book, I still had the same feelings and reactions as I had when reading the prequels. The author sends a character that does try to find out more about the Seaward Isle and how it works and I did grow attached to some characters, at least secondary ones, but other than these improvements, the writing style is flat for me, and if I was a young adult, I might have highly enjoyed the series.

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3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G539 The Art and Science of Healing with Light; The 7 principles of healing chronic pain

Title of the book: The Art and Science of Healing with Light; The 7 principles of healing chronic pain

Author: Mark J Rogers, Nike Azoros

Publisher: self published?

Publishing Date: 2014

ISBN: 9781500995607

Summary:

Chronic pain has reached epidemic proportions but it is not a disease. Chronic pain is a genuine physical problem and its epidemic is being spread by the very treatments the doctors are prescribing. Over thirty percent of patients across the world present with back, neck, or head pain, the majority of whom are in chronic pain, but all doctors offer is a prescription for painkillers and a referral for intensive physical therapy. The patients never improve, in fact they get worse. Instead of receiving empathy and understanding they are often accused of being dishonest about the severity of their pain. Some are even sent for psychotherapy. 'The Art and Science of Healing - with Light' breaks that vicious cycle. Within it is explained to patients how they developed chronic pain in the first place and how to begin to heal their migraines, back pain, neck pain, tinnitus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and all forms of chronic pain in general. Doctor Mark Rogers bases the healing process on his 7 Principles of Healing Chronic Pain. His methods are all based in science, are common sense, pain free, drug free, have no painful exercises, and no 'mind over matter' meditations for coping because the problem is not in the mind of the patients, it is in their bodies at a deep cellular level. The 7 Principles have a conservative efficacy of eighty-five percent. As long as the Principles are followed the patient will heal. It is the medical system that is keeping patients in pain through ignoring the origin of the pain. Pain is not a mystery, it is not a disease, it means you are being hurt. Chronic pain means you are still being hurt. Written in a clear easy to read style with minimal medical jargon it is designed to give patients control over their healing processes so they can start healing today.

Personal Opinion:

So far, *knocks on wood* I'm not a sufferer of pain, thus I haven't experienced what the author describes what people he knows have gone through, yet its good to know how things will be in the future. While I do believe a lot that the author talks about, and he does present himself eloquently and that he is definitely an authority on the subject of healing and the laser, I do have to wonder why the world continues to churn out doctors and specialists that aren't helpful and that do more harm than good? And in truth, what are some benefits to chiropractors if, according to the author, they make things worse than better? I mean, why aren't more people jumping on the laser bandwagon? Are they afraid of rocking the boat and losing profit?

The ideas make sense and are pretty revolutionary because who would have considered that muscle tears should be treated as broken bones yet aren't? It's also interesting to note that while non-tissue injuries can last for maybe few months or so, tissue injuries last years and years and make things worse and worse. I am positive that many people who went on to work in medical profession are deep and caring people who only want to make the world a better place, and its a bit hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that they unknowingly make people worse than better.

This should be a read for all, both for pain sufferers and doctors because seriously, the healing is all spelled out and it can be easily followed and it covers both psychological and emotional and biological states of the mind.

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5 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Monday, April 27, 2015

G590 Book Review of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire Book I Kidnap by Sally Ann Melia

Name of Book:  Guy Erma and the Son of Empire Book I Kidnap

Author: Sally Ann Melia

ISBN: 9781508945956

Publisher: Self published

Part of a Series: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire

Type of book: Science fiction, aliens, politics, fighting, determination, kidnapping, manipulation, friendship, threats, modeling, destiny, class

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

KIDNAP: Book 1 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire

An Action Adventure set a long time ago on a planet far far away...

The new serialisation of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire!

"Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia is a fast-paced and exciting YA military sci-fi read. Don't miss this one!" — Brent LeVasseur, author and illustrator of the AolĂ©on The Martian Girl series.

I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?
13-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do - into the Dome.
13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living when he turns 14. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to enter the military academy - at the heart of the Dome.
Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?

Characters:

The main characters include Guy Erma, an illegitimate and a very determined young man who wants to become the greatest fighter. There is also Prince Teodor who strikes me as a bit spoiled and already thinks he's the best of the best. The girl characters  of the book such as Nell and Teodor's mother aren't very developed in the story, and I feel that I barely know them or their motives.

Theme:

I'm not sure what the message should have been, maybe not everything is what it seems?

Plot:

The story is written in third person narrative from multiple characters' points of view. Towards certain elements I wanted there to be more explanations such as why is it forbidden for some people to acknowledge certain children they have, or where the politics of the different worlds came from. I am also curious as to why the fighting system that Guy Erma participated in, how it developed and came to be. What is important while reading the book is that the story is broken down into three parts. Originally the story was a complete novel, but now its broken down into three parts.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

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Sally Ann Melia author pic
Meet the Author:

The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.

In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.

In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

Connect with Sally:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Pinterest

Opinion:

So far the author has built a pretty fascinating world that slightly reminds me of Traitors by Kathryn Rusch, but it's definitely for young adults because it seems that while the world is fascinating, it isn't fully fleshed out as one hopes. (Maybe in the future installments it will become more vivid and dimensional?) I also would have wanted a bit more background about how the world became the way it did, because while some previous science fiction stories I read did this gradually so to speak, this story plunges you straight into the science fiction elements. I do look forward to reading future installments because the ending made me pretty curious about how it will all play out. By the way, I did like the pictures/concept art of the characters which seem to be fitting in with the characters.

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Tour Schedule:

April 20 - Room With Books - review
April 20 - Bluerose's Heart - review
April 20 - Horror Maiden's Book Reviews - review
April 20 - Book Stop Corner - review
April 21 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review
April 21 - Life as Leels - review
April 22 - Mama Knows Books - review
April 22 - Adam Oster, Adventure Novelist - review
April 23 - In This World of Books... - review
April 23 - The Autistic Gamer - review
April 23 - Readers Muse - review
April 24 - Vic's Media Room - review
April 24 - Moon Shine Art Spot - review
April 24 - Life With Katie - review
April 24 - There Will be Another Sunrise - review
April 27 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
April 28 - Bound for Escape - review
April 28 - Working Mommy Journal - review
April 29 - T's Stuff - review
April 30 - The World As I See It - review
April 30 - JBronder Book Reviews - review
April 30 - Christy's Cozy Corners - review
May 1 - Green and Glassie - review
May 1 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review
May 4 - Young in Rome - review
May 4 - Brooke Blogs - review
May 5 - Reading Authors - review
May 5 - A Bit Bookish - review
May 6 - Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks - review
May 7 - Crossroad Reviews - review
May 7 - 3 Partners in Shopping - review
May 8 - Blooming with Books - review
May 8 - The Bookfairy - review
May 11 - Bookroom Reviews - review
May 12 - Girl With Camera - review
May 12 - Library of Clean Reads - review
May 13 - Freda's Voice - review
May 13 - Pinky's Favorite Reads - review
May 14 - Jessica Cassidy - review
May 14 - Feminist Reflections - review
May 14 - Create With Joy - review
May 15 - I'd Rather Be at the Beach - review
May 15 - Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers - review
May 15 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

G564 Book Review of Diamond Head by Cecily Wong

Name of Book: Diamond Head

Author: Cecily Wong

ISBN: 978-0-06-234543-1

Publisher: Harper

Type of book: Hawaii, red string of fate, 1900s-1964, funeral, China, WWII, relationships, family, father/son, husband/wife, mother/daughter, Guandong, mistakes, wealth, soul mates, destiny

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

A sweeping debut spanning China to Hawaii that follows four generations of a wealthy shipping family whose rise and decline is riddled with secrets and tragic love—from a young, powerful new voice in fiction

“Diamond Head takes the family saga to a new and very high place. . . . Readers will follow the fortunes of this family breathlessly, hungry for more.” —Mary Gordon, author of Circling My Mother

At the turn of the nineteenth-century, Frank Leong, a fabulously wealthy shipping industrialist, moves his family from China to the island of Oahu. But something ancient follows the Leongs to Hawaii, haunting them. The parable of the red string of fate, the cord which binds one intended beloved to her perfect match, also punishes for mistakes in love, passing a destructive knot down the family line.

When Frank is murdered, his family is thrown into a perilous downward spiral. Left to rebuild in their patriarch’s shadow, the surviving members of the Leong family try their hand at a new, ordinary life, vowing to bury their gilded past. Still, the island continues to whisper—fragmented pieces of truth and chatter, until a letter arrives two decades later, carrying a confession that shatters the family even further.

Now the Leong’s survival rests with young Theresa, Frank Leong’s only grandchild, eighteen and pregnant, the heir apparent to her ancestors’ punishing knots.

Told through the eyes of the Leong’s secret-keeping daughters and wives and spanning The Boxer Rebellion to Pearl Harbor to 1960s Hawaii, Diamond Head is a breathtakingly powerful tale of tragic love, shocking lies, poignant compromise, aching loss, heroic acts of sacrifice and, miraculous hope.

Characters:

There weren't truly evil or truly good characters, but all fall somewhere in between due to life decisions or choices they make. The important characters are the women; Hong, Lin, Amy and Theresa. While the men also have some importance, but almost all don't really outshine the women, aside from Bohai. Hong is a strong woman and a former sister-in-law to Lin who made some important choices in what to do with her life. Lin is the family matriarch and is best described as kind and charitable and a very big hearted and loving woman who does her best to atone for her mistakes. Amy is not a likable character, at least for me she wasn't, and she cares more for money and wealth rather than the heart. Theresa is observant and an attention hog of sorts. The main men were Frank and Bohai, father and son. Frank was wealthy who cared deeply for his family and wife, while Bohai is best described as the strong and silent type who shows love through actions rather than words.

Theme:

There are no clear cut answers to questions

Plot:

The story is written in first and third person narratives; the third person takes place in 1964 at a funeral and it jumps from different characters' thoughts instantaneously, while the first person narratives are done from different women such as Lin, Hong, Amy and Theresa. In beginning the main stories tend to jump, beginning in 1909, going to 1900 and then to 1914 before going chronologically until the 1960s, talking about the stories that comprised family history. The 1964 sections of the story focus on funeral, and each chapter contains the story that is reminiscent of a jigsaw puzzle, the 1964 as a frame, while the stories are the innards and the difficult pieces.

Author Information:
(From TLC website)

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Cecily WongAbout Cecily Wong

Cecily Wong is Chinese-Hawaiian. She was born on Oahu and raised in Oregon. Diamond Head grew from family stories told to her by her parents and grandparents. Wong graduated from Barnard College, where the first pages of this novel won the Peter S. Prescott Prize for Prose Writing. She lives in New York City.
Find out more about Cecily at her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Opinion:

I've greatly enjoyed 80 to 90 percent of the book, really loving the details and learning a lot about Hawaiian and Chinese culture even more, especially since the main characters come from Canton area. However, as the story went on almost towards the end, I grew frustrated with the plot because I felt that I couldn't really understand how the past and present tied up together, and I have to admit that the knot almost at the end didn't really make up for my frustration with the story. The story and the plot did give me a lot of ideas and taught me a lot about the red string of fate, and the writing is very rich and detailed, so yes, a diamond that needs some work towards the end. What's really fascinating about the book are the relationships and trying to make sense of what the author has created, although I feel that the women are sort of mirrors that reflect one particular man in the story. Also, if you are seeking a story where Asian men are treated as human beings and no white prince charming appears, then this is the right book.

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Cecily’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, April 14th: The Book Binder’s Daughter
Wednesday, April 15th: From L.A. to LA
Thursday, April 16th: Literary Feline
Friday, April 17th: Broken Teepee
Monday, April 20th: The Feminist Texican [Reads]
Wednesday, April 22nd: Ms. Nose in a Book
Thursday, April 23rd: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Tuesday, April 28th: Reading Reality
Wednesday, April 29th: Fuelled by Fiction
Monday, May 4th: Kritters Ramblings
Tuesday, May 5th: Mom’s Small Victories
Wednesday, May 6th: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, May 7th: Unshelfish
Monday, May 11th: Time 2 Read
Tuesday, May 12th: Doing Dewey
Thursday, May 14th: Drey’s Library
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Monday, April 20, 2015

G589 Book Review of Godwine Kingmaker by Mercedes Rochelle

Name of Book: Godwine the Kingmaker

Author: Mercedes Rochelle

ISBN: 978-1-78279-801-9

Publisher: Top Hat Books

Type of book:England, Harold Godwineson, Vikings, Saxons, Danes, 1016-1052, kingdom, Edward the Confessor, religion, Normandy, division, common vs nobility, battles

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

Harold Godwineson, the Last Anglo-Saxon King, owed everything to his father. Who was this Godwine, first Earl of Wessex and known as the Kingmaker? Was he an unscrupulous schemer, using King and Witan to gain power? Or was he the greatest of all Saxon Earls, protector of the English against the hated Normans? The answer depends on who you ask. He was befriended by the Danes, raised up by Canute the Great, given an Earldom and a wife from the highest Danish ranks. He sired nine children, among them four Earls, a Queen and a future King. Along with his power came a struggle to keep his enemies at bay, and Godwine's best efforts were brought down by the misdeeds of his eldest son Swegn. Although he became father-in-law to a reluctant Edward the Confessor, his fortunes dwindled as the Normans gained prominence at court. Driven into exile, Godwine regathered his forces and came back even stronger, only to discover that his second son Harold was destined to surpass him in renown and glory.

Characters:

The main character include Godwine, a man of Saxon ancenstry who makes a choice to go over to the Danes and begins rising through the ranks. He is intelligent, passionate, wise, loyal, and determined, although he is blind to Swegn's faults. Other characters include Gytha, Godwine's wife from the Danes who at first resists the man but then starts to love him. There is also Canute, a Danish king who helps Godwine rise through the ranks and seems to favor him; while he is a good king, he doesn't forgive betrayal easily or at all. Jarl Ulf is another man who finds Godwine and is instrumental to helping him rise. Jarl Ulf is a bit fun loving and merciful and everyone looks up to him. Edward the Confessor becomes a king and he is very devoted and religious; sometimes too religious for his own good. He also is disloyal and seems to be an antagonist to Godwine and his family.

Theme:

I'm not really sure what the theme was, maybe that nothing really remains stable is my guess?

Plot:

The story is written in third person narrative, primarily from Godwine's point of view, although at times the reader does travel into Gytha's and Edward the Confessor's minds to learn what is going on. In a lot of ways this is similar to Heir to a Prophecy because the author creates very strong relationships between men, in particular the ruling kings and their subjects which reminded me of King Malcolm and Walter. However, while I appreciated the love scenes, I don't think they seemed to fit in into the story and I was surprised by their inclusion.

Author Information:
(From HFVBT)

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About the Author03_Mercedes Rochelle Author

Born in St. Louis MO with a degree from University of Missouri, Mercedes Rochelle learned about living history as a re-enactor and has been enamored with historical fiction ever since. She lives in Sergeantsville, NJ with her husband in a log home they built themselves.
For more information please visit Mercedes Rochelle’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Opinion:

I've previously read Mercedes Rochelle's book titled Heir to a Prophecy which I've really liked, although I did at times feel it was a bit too long. This is the second book I'm reading, and I have to say that she improved greatly since Heir to a Prophecy. The book is focused on a bigger picture and it helped me a great deal to make sense of what is going on in England during that time. Previously I have read G.K Holloway's book titled 1066, and although I had just a skeleton of information, this book helped me form the tendons and acted as muscles and meat to the story. I enjoyed getting to know Godwine and seeing the other sides to the characters I met in G.K Holloway's novel. I look forward to reading future installments of Godwine Kingmaker

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Godwine Kingmaker Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 20
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Spotlight at Genre Queen
Tuesday, April 21
Review at Book Nerd
Spotlight at Unshelfish
Wednesday, April 22
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, April 23
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Saturday, April 25
Spotlight at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Tuesday, April 28
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Wednesday, April 29
Review at Broken Teepee
Thursday, April 30
Guest Post & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Spotlight at The Writing Desk
Monday, May 4
Review at Impressions in Ink
Character Interview at Boom Baby Reviews
Tuesday, May 5
Guest Post & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Thursday, May 7
Review at Bookramblings
Spotlight at The Never-Ending Book
Friday, May 8
Review at Layered Pages

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)
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