Friday, June 15, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: THE KING MUST DIE


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What is done cannot be undone.

England, 1326. Edward II has been dethroned. Queen Isabella and her lover, Sir Roger Mortimer, are at the pinnacle of their power.

Fated to rule, Isabella’s son becomes King Edward III at the callow age of fourteen. Young Edward, however, must bide his time as the loyal son until he can break the shackles of his minority and dissolve the regency council which dictates his every action.

When the former king is found mysteriously dead in his cell, the truth becomes obscured and Isabella can no longer trust her own memory . . . or confide in those closest to her. Meanwhile, she struggles to keep her beloved Mortimer at her side and gain yet another crown—France’s—for the son who no longer trusts her.

Amidst a maelstrom of shifting loyalties, accusations of murder propel England to the brink of civil war.

In the sequel to Isabeau, secrecy and treason, conspiracy and revenge once again overtake England. The future rests in the hands of a mother and son whose bonds have reached a breaking point.
The King Must Die is not a quick read, so if you are looking for something easy to take to the beach, I wouldn't recommend picking this one up. However, if you are looking for a well researched look back at a period of relatively unknown, to this reader, time of English history--this book is one you might want to consider.

The author brings all the major characters to life--with all their faults, failures, and frailties. Even while you are shaking your head at some of their choices, you can see why they made them.

Well-done! Now, I want to go back and read Isabella's story to see how she got to this place in her life.

About the Author:N. Gemini Sasson is also the author of The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy: Book I), Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy: Book II), The Honor Due a King (The Bruce Trilogy: Book III) and Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (2011 IPPY Silver Medalist for Historical Fiction). She holds a M.S. in Biology from Wright State University where she ran cross country on athletic scholarship. She has worked as an aquatic toxicologist, an environmental engineer, a teacher and a track and cross country coach. A longtime breeder and judge of Australian Shepherds, her articles on bobtail genetics have been translated into seven languages.

Find the author online at:

Web site: http://www.ngeminisasson.com
Blog: http://ngeminisasson.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NGeminiSasson
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NGeminiSasson

3 comments:

Catherine Lee said...

As a librarian, I do appreciate well-researched historical novels. HOWEVER, I usually tend to dive into those in the winter. In the summer, I like, light, quick, breezy reads that I can set down if I want to dash out on a beautiful day.

The King Must Die sounds like something to put on my "To Be Read Later" pile.

marybelle said...

I am looking forward to reading THE KING MUST DIE. This is my kind of book.

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like one to get lost in, and I'm not familiar with the era either! Looking forward to it...

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