From Goodreads: A story of huge emotional power set against the road to Magna Carta and the fight to bring a tyrant king to heel. The privileged daughter of one of the most powerful men in England, Mahelt Marshal's life changes dramatically when her father is suspected by King John. Her brothers become hostages and Mahelt is married to Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk. Adapting to her new life is hard, but Mahelt comes to love Hugh deeply; however, defying her father-in-law brings disgrace and heartbreak. When King John sets out to subdue the Bigods, Mahelt faces a heartbreaking battle, fearing neither she, nor her marriage, is likely to survive the outcome
This is why I read historical fiction! When it's done right it can be some of the best reading I experience. Chadwick took me inside this time period and I connected with Mahelt and Hugh. Even though this is a chunkster I blew through the pages in no time. I walked away wishing King John a much harsher death than what he faced, what a truly evil and twisted man. Mahelt was such a strong female character and I absolutely enjoyed how Chadwich portrayed her marriage to Hugo. I loved these characters and would eagerly read another book with these two again!!
Recommend? Without hesitation!! This is truly historical fiction at its finest. Chadwick is a master in this genre. She's taken what could possibly be dry and boring material and made it come alive within the reader's mind. Treat yourself to Chadwick!!!
Rating: 10/10 (I've decided to go to the 10 point scale as it gives me more room to judge a book rather than 1-5)
Disclaimer:Thank you to Danielle @ Sourcebooks for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel
Published: March, 2011Publisher: Sourcebooks Pages: 520Genre: Historical FictionISBN: 9781847442369*Uncorrected Advance Copy © 2011, Staci of Life in the Thumb. All Rights Reserved. If you reading this on a site other than, Life in the Thumb or Staci's feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.