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The Last Warrior (The Ninth Century #2) by M.J. Porter

the last warrior

4 stars

Wow. This is a great second book in the series about King Coelwulf and his courageous band of men’s fight to save Mercia from the invasion of Norse raiders. The action starts immediately after the battle at Repton and doesn’t let up until the devastating cliffhanger. Continue reading “The Last Warrior (The Ninth Century #2) by M.J. Porter”

Rivers Ran Red: The Last of the Romans Triology by J.A. Grierson

rivers ran red

4 stars

This is a well written and well researched historical fiction about the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, one of Attila the Huns last battle against the Roman army. Continue reading “Rivers Ran Red: The Last of the Romans Triology by J.A. Grierson”

Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi

rebel spy

2.5 stars

This is an ok historical fiction about the mysterious Agent 355 – the famous “lady” spy who passes information to George Washington’s Culper spy ring. Continue reading “Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi”

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

the water dancer

2 stars

Hiram Walker’s mother is a slave and his father is the plantation owner. Because his mother is a slave, he is also one. When his mother is sold away, Hiram’s memory of her is gone, but he’s given a mysterious power that years later saves his life when he almost drowns. With a renewed sense of life, Hiram plots his escape from the only home he’s ever known. Continue reading “The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates”

The Fire in the Glass by Jacquelyn Benson

The fire in the glass

4 stars

This was a very good historical fiction fantasy book set in 1914 London about a young girl that has visions of the future but is powerless to do anything to prevent the tragedies she sees. The book immediately captured my attention and I wound up reading it in one sitting. Continue reading “The Fire in the Glass by Jacquelyn Benson”

When You Wish Upon a Rogue (Debutante Diaries #3) by Anna Bennett

when you when you wish upon star

3 stars

This was a cute, but predictable, fluffy romance that brings together a young socialite and a grief-stricken Earl. It’s the third book in the series, but the first one that I’ve read and can be read as a stand-alone. Continue reading “When You Wish Upon a Rogue (Debutante Diaries #3) by Anna Bennett”

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

the jane austen society

3 stars

This is a good, quiet historical fiction that follows the stories of several people in a small English town just after the Second World War that are drawn together by their love of Jane Austen novels. Continue reading “The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner”

The Last King (The Ninth Century #1) by M.J. Porter

the last king

3.5 stars

This historical fiction book about Coelwulf, a battle-hardened warrior with royal blood, and his fight to save his beloved Mercia from a Viking horde is not for those with delicate sensibilities. But if you can withstand a hard-fighting, bloody book with adult language, this is the one for you. Continue reading “The Last King (The Ninth Century #1) by M.J. Porter”

Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

sin eater

3.5 stars

This is a quiet, historical fiction mystery book about a young girl cruelly sentenced to a life of hearing the last confessions of dying people, “eating” their sins, and bearing their guilt so their souls will go to heaven. Continue reading “Sin Eater by Megan Campisi”

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