Edwin: High King of Britain

by Edoardo Albert

Part of the The Northumbrian Thrones Series

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LoveReading View on Edwin: High King of Britain

Travel back to a time where fact weaves freely with fiction, to a land of warring kings and battling religions in this completely captivating slice of historical fiction. It really doesn't feel as though the author has overly embellished this historical tale; instead he skilfully brings these people, their fears, thoughts and their gods to life with a raw realism. There are occasions when years are skipped, making you curious about these voids in history and ensuring that the tale that is revealed contains more intensity and depth. The scheming, intrigue, mistakes and the very practicalities of survival during this time are not only clear to see, they are also felt…so watch, listen, learn and wonder at this tale of ‘Edwin: High King of Britain’. Knowing that Bernard Cornwell has endorsed this fascinating novel gives a sense of anticipation when you start to read, knowing there is more to come in the ‘Northumbrian Thrones’ series when you finish, leaves you eagerly waiting for the next tale to begin. ~ Liz Robinson


Northumbrian Thrones series:

1. Edwin: High King of Britain

2. Oswald: Return of the King

Liz Robinson

Edwin: High King of Britain Synopsis

Edwin is a king. Yet he is about to be betrayed and butchered. Edwin, the long-exiled king of Northumbria, thought he had found sanctuary at the court of King Raedwald - his friend, and now protector. But Raedwald faces the lure of riches and the threat of bloodshed, and Edwin fears that he will be abandoned to his enemies. As Edwin contemplates his fate, a mysterious messenger prophesies that he will ascend to greater heights than any of his forefathers. Can Edwin escape the fearsome warrior king who is calling for his blood? Do the Anglo-Saxon Gods of old, or the new God from across the sea, really have the power to raise Edwin above all other kings? This is the epic first book in The Northumbrian Thrones trilogy by Time Out journalist and historian Edoardo Albert.

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Edwin: High King of Britain Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.  You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Helen Skinner - 'This is a fascinating novel and a gripping, entertaining story...one of the most enjoyable historical fiction novels I’ve read so far this year. I’m now looking forward to reading the sequel, Oswald: Return of the King.'
  • Neil Beattie - 'The first of what will prove to be a great trilogy full of historical fiction and gripping, fast-paced entertainment. I can’t wait for the second.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is a must read for anyone, and everyone, who loves adventure, sword fights, and a little pinch of magic. I am looking forward to the next one in Edoardo Albert's trilogy!'
  • James Ryall - 'Fans of historical fiction will be well served to give this first of a trilogy a read.'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'A brilliant historical novel of Edwin High King of Britain, full of action and excitement - a must-read!!'
  • Linda - 'From sanctuary to king of kings. Gods of Old to the birth of Christianity in Britain. Battles and peacetime.'
  • Cathy Petersen - 'A really great historical novel that brings to life a little known period of early British history.'
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'Bringing to life a key character from the Dark Ages.'
  • Annette Woolfson - 'What a cracking read! A great story with well-developed characters and set in a period of history which I know little about.'
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'The book focuses on the difficulties and battles Edwin must face to bring unity. Facing hostility from his pagan countryman.'
  • Jane Gilman - 'This is a thrilling at times bloodthirsty page turner. I wish history is always as excitingly told as this.'
  • Magdalena Vidgen - 'Overall, I am glad I read it, but I hope that the following books will be more colourful and fuller on details.'

Edwin: High King of Britain Press Reviews

'Edwin: High King of Britain, brings to life the heroic age of our distant past, a splendid novel that leaves the reader wanting more.'
Bernard Cornwell


'A fast-paced and gripping tale, reclaiming one of our great national figures from the shadows of history.' -- Justin Hill


'Albert's offering is a highly entertaining and refreshing work of historical fiction thanks to his emphasis on the precarious intersection of religion and identity.' Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9781782640332
Publication date: 21/03/2014
Publisher: Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782640332
Publication date: 21st March 2014
Author: Edoardo Albert
Publisher: Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Edoardo Albert

Edoardo Albert is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Time Out, History Today and The Daily Telegraph, among other places. His book on the history and archaeology of Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom was published in October 2012 by The History Press. Getting on his bike, he also edited the Time Out Cycle London Guide.   Below is a Q&A with this author.   1. What first inspired you to write The Northumbrian Thrones series? Northumberland itself! My brother-in-law is an archaeologist and director of the Bamburgh Research Project (www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk) and back in the early 2000...

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