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The Holy Roman Emperor while en route home in violation of the papal decree protecting all crusaders he was to spend fifteen months chained in a dungeon while Eleanor of Auitaine moved heaven and earth to raise the exorbitant ransom But a further humiliation awaited him he was forced to kneel and swear fealty to his bitter enemy For the What a wonderful brilliant bookI have just torn through Sharon Penman s new release in three days flat the last of which I read the last full two thirds of the book 393 pages out of 685 total I feel exhausted How much greater a mammoth task must it have been to have written a novel as detailed as thoroughly researched and nuanced as this The term page turner is often applied to a good book these days but there are rare occasions when the term is inadeuate insufficient This is one of those times I haven t read like this since the day Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince was released and I spent a full ten hours reading the book cover to cover completely forgetting to take meals or bathroom breaks This goes beyond feeling eager to pick up the book and read just a few pages to feeling downright compelled to keep reading to the very end to find out what happens to characters we love and a plot that has us on the edges of our seats in the face of actual physical discomfort That s a rare thing to find in a bookI have to admit I only just held back the tears welling up towards the end of the book even though this time unlike with Devil s Brood and Here Be Dragons where I only had a vague idea of historical events I knew exactly what was coming I have to marvel at Sharon s capacity for writing tragic scenes for whether I ve foreknowledge or not they never fail to move me It s not just that those scenes are written in such a moving way of course but also that by the time we get to that point we already deeply care about what happens to these characters It s because Sharon takes the time and care over her characters throughout the book that as readers we identify with these admirable fallible complex human beings I often find it instructive to look to Sharon s work to discover how to write realistic authentic characters Thinking back over the characters of A King s Ransom I can t find fault with any of them From the main players through to the bit parts each seems nuanced and most importantly real Of course if I m going to admit to having favourites I couldn t help but back Richard all the way he of the shining Lionheart legend not to mention the shrewd Eleanor charismatic Joanna and sympathetic Berenguela but Sharon also won me round to Raimond of Toulouse and I can t help but think she s right in her Author s Note when she suggests that light needs to be shed on Raimond s life Undoubtedly I have said this before in my reviews of Sharon s previous novels but I truly cannot express enough what a relief it is to read historical fiction where characters are not all either whitewashed or blackened divided up into good guys and bad guys There s too much of it in historical fiction and I m so tired of it Simply put history is far too complex for such simplistic renderings Human beings are far too complex for such simplistic renderings Creating subtle three dimensional characters is so critical as a writer s skill It s the difference between me as a reader being swept away into the world you create or refusing to buy into it because the characters just aren t believable as real people I would actually go so far as to say it s the most important skill for an author Stories hinge on the charactersOf course there was much to the plot of A King s Ransom than the scenes I found moving There s adventure peril tension intrigue nadirs and zeniths even romance How can a book cross so many genres From a rollicking adventure to a thrilling intrigue to a touching romance Honestly I m not surprised History encompasses all human experience and Penman is a good enough author to realise that a good story has elements of many different genres over a good enough author to weave them together seamlessly The battles are as tense and brutal as the romance is stirring and poignant When reading historical fiction I often look for the author s weakness What do they avoid Do they skim over battle scenes Do they avoid heartfelt character exchanges Such books can be good naturally but I notice the lack and for me the very best stories are well rounded strong in every area A King s Ransom is one suchOne thing I have to draw attention to is the construction of the book It s obvious that careful planning and forethought went into A King s Ransom at every stage and this shows Not only does it show in the nuanced way the characters are built up but in the plot and pacing too Every single scene serves a purpose and advances the story Nothing is superfluous or extraneous This really contributes to the book s page turn ability for it keeps the pace and excitement going instead of letting the reader get bogged down in unnecessary fluff It even bleeds over into the descriptions I took note of some of the book s particularly well crafted descriptions because I liked how vividly they set the scene and created an atmosphere and ambience but I also liked how sparse and to the point they were Penman doesn t waffle on and on about the environment a character walks into before actually letting dialogue or action commence It s short sweet and then we re back in the action Judicious forethought helps make a great book It makes the plot and characters much focused in what they re doing and where they re going keeps the pacing tight and avoids meandering and boredom setting in for the readersPart of careful planning for a historical novel is of course research and accuracy What can I say here Everyone knows that Sharon Penman is thorough and meticulous about such things I have to agree with a comment Sharon makes in her Author s Note I feel cheated when I read a historical novel and then discover that the author has not included an Author s Note I like to know about the characters and events I ve been reading about where the author has stuck to the facts and where and why an author has changed them Perhaps I m in the minority but I love historical novels where the author sticks as close as possible to the known facts That might be the trained historian in me though as a history lover I pick up historical fiction hoping for a fully realised vision of what actually happened as accurate as possible for it s the closest we historians will ever come to the fantasy of time travel I m glad too that Sharon has continued to provide a brief bibliography for those of us wanting to know Other than saying I can t wait for the next book The Land Beyond the Sea I m going to sign off with a few uotes and my highest possible recommendation for A King s Ransom Thoroughly well written fantastically enjoyable The stone walls of the chapel had been recently whitewashed and in the soft candlelight they glowed like polished ivory During the daylight hours the sun turned the stained glass windowpanes into resplendent jewels now they gave off a muted shimmer an occasional flicker of emerald or ruby or royal purple The scent of incense hung in the air Eleanor found it a comforting aroma reminding her of the rich spices of Sicily and Poitou p121 By now the sky was darker than midnight stars glimmering like distant campfires in an alien world Eleanor gazed up at those pinpoint white lights hoping that her son was able to look upon them too on this tranuil spring evening When she thought of his time at Trifels shut away from the sun and sky and untainted air she felt a tightness in her chest a heaviness that would be with her until the day he regained his freedom And if he did not p 234 the men were telling Will about the latest offer by the French king that disputes be settled by a contest of champions five on each side But after Richard insisted that he and Philippe be two of the champions the French lost all interest in the idea p 436 10 out of 10 Brute Force (Nick Stone, the papal decree protecting all crusaders he was Work Suspended and other stories including Basil Seal Rides Again to spend fifteen months chained in a dungeon while Eleanor of Auitaine moved heaven and earth Dying For Christmas to raise Landscape With Chainsaw the exorbitant ransom But a further humiliation awaited him he was forced Compact City Series to kneel and swear fealty The Devils Scribe (The Taker, to his bitter enemy For A Nest of Vipers the What a wonderful brilliant bookI have just Frog is Sad torn A Season Of Ghosts through Sharon Penman s new release in Holacracy three days flat Driftwood. 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Five years remaining to him betrayals intrigues wars and illness were ever present So were his infidelities perhaps a pattern set by his father’s faithlessness to Eleanor But the courage compassion and intelligence of this warrior king became the stuff of legend and A King’s Ransom brings the man and his world fully and powerfully ali I believe Sharon Key Penman could write an exhaustively detailed history of the making of brown paper bags and manage to make it a thrilling roller coaster ride of a story I have read every single one of her books at least twice and still find myself racing through each one to see what happens next That same feeling was with me throughout this entire book Like most of us I grew up with an idealized view of Richard the Lionheart that was fostered by Robin Hood and Evil King John legends The prior book Lionheart shattered those myths in no uncertain terms for me but with this book she introduced me to a Richard I had no idea ever existed For some reason my history lessons always ended with Richard making his miraculous return to England in time to thwart the evil brother John I had no idea that he went on for an incredible few years of fighting battles in France with such panache nor that he was so clever at manipulating diplomatically to get what he desired The section where he defended himself in front of the Holy Roman Emperor gave me goose bumps when I read it Her recounting of his death from such an unlucky aimed arrow in the shoulder was a complete shock to me as I read this even though I vaguely knew that was how he died Penman s historical research and attention to detail are impeccable but it is her ability to breath life and believable emotion into her characters that we all thought we knew that is the joy of reading her novels for me While I am sorry to see her wrapping up this Angevin thread of history I find myself eagerly looking forward to what she tackles next I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of this book but I would willingly have paid for my copy without thinking twice about it Schadenfreude to him betrayals intrigues wars and illness were ever present So were his infidelities perhaps a pattern set by his father’s faithlessness Emotional Victory to Eleanor But Still Life with Woodpecker the courage compassion and intelligence of Bo Knows Bo this warrior king became Gender and Food the stuff of legend and A King’s Ransom brings Radio Silence the man and his world fully and powerfully ali I believe Sharon Key Penman could write an exhaustively detailed history of Finer Women the making of brown paper bags and manage Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down to make it a Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays thrilling roller coaster ride of a story I have read every single one of her books at least Crazy Horses Girlfriend twice and still find myself racing Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium through each one Hannah Has Two Mommies to see what happens next That same feeling was with me Child Support throughout 777 the Lost Blood this entire book Like most of us I grew up with an idealized view of Richard Know My Name the Lionheart Abandoned Alice that was fostered by Robin Hood and Evil King John legends The prior book Lionheart shattered Map My Heart those myths in no uncertain Scandal terms for me but with The Fashion Condition this book she introduced me Embellish Me to a Richard I had no idea ever existed For some reason my history lessons always ended with Richard making his miraculous return The Snakehead to England in Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light time The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, to Truly Wilde thwart VEGAN ganz anders the evil brother John I had no idea Albert Reynolds that he went on for an incredible few years of fighting battles in France with such panache nor An Infamous Army (Alastair, that he was so clever at manipulating diplomatically Score! 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From the New York Times bestselling author of Lionheart comes the dramatic seuel telling of the last dangerous years of Richard Coeur de Lion’s life   This long anticipated seuel to the national bestseller Lionheart is a vivid and heart wrenching story of the last event filled years in the life of Richard Coeur de Lion Taken captive by I don t think it s any secret that I m a huge Penman fan or Penmenian as Jerelyn has coined it and I was thrilled to spot this on the Vine newsletter and get an early shot at itThis is a difficult book to review since those who are familiar with Richard s history don t need another rehash and those fresh to the story don t need me spilling the beans And trust me there are plenty of surprises to be had even for those who think they know about Richard being held hostage and his troubles with the French king and his younger brother JohnThat pretty much leaves me to discussing my reading experience and all I can say is wow I was gripped on the first pages with the cat and mouse came of getting home from crusade and trying to avoid the snares set to capture him While I was aware that Richard had spent time in Germany as a hostage there was much to the story and I was fascinated watching how that experience changed him and how he interacted with others in his life especially his marriage to Berengeria I loved his sarcastic nature he gets some of the best dialogue when it was directed towards younger brother John and Philippe Capet the French king And speaking of Richard s younger brother John some of my favorite moments were the family Christmas celebrations and watching him trolling the room for gossip and mischief I so wish I could uote some of it It doesn t get better than thatWhile this book is a follow up to Lionheart IMHO it can be read as a stand alone and another thumbs up to the author for getting the reader up to speed on previous events without the use of tedious info dumps I also appreciated how Raimond was used to get the reader up to speed with the Cathar religion and why the Catholic church was so set against it There is a fairly large cast of characters my copy had a reference sheet at the front and I recommend using it My knowledge of the Holy Roman Empire is pretty poor and I did need some help trying to keep track of some of the minor players especially when the names were similar Once things moved back to Normandy and Richard s efforts to regain the lands he d lost I was hooked until the very last pages These are strictly my opinions I m expressing but I didn t see Richard as a glorified romantic hero I found this to be a very well rounded fair look at a very complicated man and kingAs for the ending Knowing Richard s history there were things I knew would happen and was prepared for and I can t say but I will say that I have not had to put a book down and have a good cry since I read The Reckoning the last in her Welsh trilogyIt may be only early February but I m still willing to call this one of the best reads I ll have all year One final note if you are torn between purchasing the physical book over a digital version I d recommend the latter The book is a huge doorstopper and my dodgy elbow took a beating trying to hold it up Plus the cat was a bit put out book and cat could not fit on the lap at the same time and the little darling does love her lap time


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  1. says:

    I don't think it's any secret that I'm a huge Penman fan or Penmenian as Jerelyn has coined it and I was thrilled to spot this on the Vine newsletter and get an early shot at itThis is a difficult book to review since those who are familiar with Richard's history don't need another rehash and those fresh to the story don't need me spilling the beans And trust me there are plenty of surprises to be had even for those who think they

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    Your Pride Will Be Your Undoing Lionheart A King's Ransom is the sweeping adventurous seuel to Lionheart a masterfully spun novel of the last seven years of Richard I's life 1192 1199 focusing on the period of his capture imprisonment and ra

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    Wow What a ride Sharon Kay Penman has done it again She has made a 700 page book seem short She has transported me to the 12th century and made me feel like I belong there She has made me cry over the deaths of people I know to be long deadI will admit Lionheart was my least favorite of Penman's books though it w

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    What a wonderful brilliant bookI have just torn through Sharon Penman’s new release in three days flat the last of which I read the last full two thirds of the book – 393 pages out of 685 total I feel exhausted How much greater a mammoth task must it have been to have written a novel as detailed as thoroughly researched and nuanced as this The term ‘page turner’ is often applied to a good book these days but there are rare occasion

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    Penman’s epic novels about the lives of English royalty are much beloved by many—and with good reason Penman’s most recent novel

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    This is the first Sharon Kay Penman book I have read and I am simply astounded by it I have never read an author who packs so much history into

  7. says:

    I believe Sharon Key Penman could write an exhaustively detailed history of the making of brown paper bags and manage to make it a thrilling roller coaster ride of a story I have read every single one of her books

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    It's a given that every time Sharon Kay Penman writes a new novel I'll preorder it and get my greedy mitts on it This one I was looking forward to in particular in that it was the follow up to her previous novel Lionheart which tol

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    Sharon Kay Penman’s Plantagenet series concludes with A King’s Ransom giving us a meticulous recounting of th

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    Ms Penman has done an admirable job of telling the story of the last years of Richard I’s life In this volume the author tells Ri

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