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it was amazing
This was, hands down, one of the best novels I’ve read this year– enthralling, stirring, poignant and with gentle humor in spots. From a short mention in Bede and with other facts the author garnered from elsewhere–and, a certain amount of dramatic license–he has crafted a well-written life of Oswald, a 7th century king of Northumbria. From boyhood with his brother Oswiu, he rises from exile in Dal Riada and the monastic island of Iona to become king of a united Northumbria. Always desiring t
I did smile at Oswald’s pet raven, Bran, almost a character in itself/himself. I’ve read elsewhere that many early Celtic and Anglo-Saxon saints, of which Oswald was one, had a furry or feathery companion. I am assuming the stunning cover shows Bran, in red outline on black background.
I was on an emotional roller-coaster for the whole novel and still haven’t quite gotten my equilibrium or breath back. I’m not ashamed to say sometimes the writing of particular incidents or conversations was so powerful, my eyes would fill with tears.
Very highly recommended. Many thanks to LibraryThing for sending me my copy in return for an honest review.
really liked it
Oswald: Return of the King is the second book in Edoardo Albert‘s planned Northumbrian Thrones trilogy. The first book, Edwin: High King of Britain, demonstrated how early Christianity and kingship came together for Edwin to win greater territories and followers than those who had come before him. Oswald is the nephew of Edwin encouraged to take up the kingship after Edwin’s fall.
Though it is subtitled Return of the King, Oswald takes his time claiming his uncle’s throne and never seems much to
Oswald is a tremendously good read.
Having read and enjoyed Edoardo Albert’s book Edwin: High King of Britain I am delighted to say that, Oswald: Return of the King (Book 2 in The Northumbrian Thrones series) is just as good. These beautifully written stories bring to life a period of history of which I knew nothing in a most convincing manner. I feel enriched by reading these books and am left wanting to know more of the time and the area.
As Oswald is the second in the series it is probably best