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An arresting historical novel where fact and fiction blend together until one fascinating story emerges. Set between 1068 and 1100, travelling between France and England, with an occasional foray into Scotland, this is a tale that looks beyond the known. Visiting the reign of William the Conqueror and focusing on the time surrounding his sons, we are introduced to a host of characters, however it is King William II and Ralph des Aix who take centre stage. Valerie Anand stamps the date and marks history throughout this novel, however I was completely sucked into the compelling story. We grow up with William and Ralph, watch as events unfold and shape the two men, as their lives intertwine, as they make mistakes, fall in love and affect the lives of those around them. Delving deeply into hidden mysteries, ’King of the Wood’ is a darkly satisfying and engaging tale.
To William Rufus' corrupt and opulent court comes the young Norman Ralph des Aix - Eager to win his knight's fee from the new English king. But although fortune - and King Rufus - seems to smile on him, Ralph rapidly discovers that to be King's favourite is bewildering - and not always pleasant. And many feel that the rundown holding of Chenna's Tun, deep in the heart of the New Forest, is a poor reward for his services. In the remote heart of the great wood, Ralph and his passionate young wife, Sybil of Fallowdene, are relentlessly drawn into the growing conflict between the greedy sophistication of the Norman court and the dark world of the Saxon forest with all its hidden rites. A net of danger closes round Ralph, Sybil and the glittering, lonely figure of King Rufus. And to be truly lord of his own manor, Ralph learns that he must bear the ancient title, King of the Wood, with all its mysterious and barbaric responsibilities...
Publication date: 29/01/2016
Publisher: Memoirs Publishing
|Publication date:||29th January 2016|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,|
Popular British historical fiction and mystery writer Valerie Anand brings past times and conundrums to life with fascinating characters, abundant detail and meticulous research in her twenty-one novels. In the United States she’s been known under her pen name Fiona Buckley for her historical mystery series set in the early years of Elizabeth I’s reign featuring Ursula Blanchard. Valerie Anand was born in London and knew at the age of six that she wanted to be an author. At the age of fifteen, she saw MGM’s film Ivanhoe. She walked into the cinema knowing ...More About Valerie Anand