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38. The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick...

March 26, 2010
Title: The Scarlet Lion
Author: Elizabeth Chadwick
ISBN-13: 9781402229992
ARC: 545 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks, 2010
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FTC Disclosure: My copy of The Scarlet Lion was provided by Sourcebooks for this review. I am an IndieBound and Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

scarlet lionAbout the book:
The Legend of the Greatest Knight Lives On

William Marshall's skill with a sword and loyalty to his word have earned him the company of kings, the lands of a magnate, and the hand of Isabelle de Clare, one of England's wealthiest heiresses. But he is thrust back into the chaos of court when King Richard dies. Vindictive King John clashes with William, claims the family lands for the Crown--and takes two of the Marshall sons hostage. The conflict between obeying his king and rebelling over the royal injustices threatens the very heart of William and Isabelle's family. Fiercely intelligent and courageous, fearing for the man and marriage that light her life, Isabelle plunges with her husband down a precarious path that will lead William to more power than he ever expected.

drey's thoughts:
I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Chadwick's The Scarlet Lion. It is a very well-written look at the life of one of the most honorable men in England. There were times when I couldn't believe what he put up with from King John. Times when I felt really really badly for Isabelle. And times when I was really really glad that sometimes justice does show up to balance the scales.

I will be keeping an eye out for the first book in this series, The Greatest Knight. It would be neat to read Elizabeth Chadwick's portrayal of a young William Marshall making his name in Richard's army. This one's for the historical fiction fans out there, especially those who like their historical fiction clean. *wink*

drey's rating: 4/5 Excellent

Challenges: 100+, Pub


Nayuleska said...

Ooh sounds good!

(Um, what do you mean by clean?)

bermudaonion said...

I don't read a lot of historical fiction and have avoided that time period for some reason. I need to bite the bullet soon and give it a try.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Drey - this looks really good! Thanks for putting this one on my radar!

drey said...

lol Yunaleska... "clean" means no gratuitous sex scenes in the book...

Kathy, I don't usually, either, unless it's on a person I've heard of, and let's face it, those are pretty few and far between. Especially when you consider how MANY there are! lol!

Sheila, yw! Let me know what you think, if you get around to reading it. =)

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