between-two-fires

Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales’ last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King. But the fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen becomes the target of assassination attempts and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians. But when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan, her world threatens to tear itself apart.

Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve her royal marriage or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her.

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book had a great premise, it should have been full of history, it should have been a great book that left the reader wanting more. Sadly it did not deliver. If this had not been a review book and I was reading it for a challenge I wouldn’t have gotten past the first two chapters.

I know there is a lot of sexism in history but this was just too much to handle.Also the whole ugly girl gets all the guys, 4 kings and prince oh and a few other guys thrown in. Then suddenly she is pretty.Suddenly she has guts to do what is needed.

The story dragged, it went from one boring poorly written skirmish to the next, with very little in between. The parts that should have been good, the history, the politics, the battles all lacked oomph.  I do not know enough about the history of this period in Wales to say whether it is true or not, but I know Lady Branwen didn’t exist. (If google is telling the truth).

There was no description at all of the countryside, Wales is a beautiful place, even a little description of the countryside would have been nice, but apart from it being wooded or in doors etc there was nothing.

I really wish I could have liked this more but I was glad when the book finished.

2 out of 5 stars

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