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BOOK TOUR: Edwin: High King of Britain (The Northumbrian Thrones #1) by Edoardo Albert w/ GIVEAWAY!

02_Edwin High King of BritainPublication Date: April 1, 2014

Lion Fiction

Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: The Northumbrian Thrones (Book 1)

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Debut historical fiction series vividly recreating the rise of the Christian kings of Northumbria, England.

In 604 AD, Edwin, the deposed king of Northumbria, seeks refuge at the court of King Raedwald of East Anglia. But Raedwald is urged to kill his guest by Aethelfrith, Edwin’s usurper. As Edwin walks by the shore, alone and at bay, he is confronted by a mysterious figure–the missionary Paulinus– who prophesies that he will become High King of Britain. It is a turning point.

Through battles and astute political alliances Edwin rises to power, in the process marrying the Kentish princess Aethelburh. As part of the marriage contract the princess is allowed to retain her Christian faith. But, in these times, to be a king is not a recipe for a long life.

This turbulent and tormented period in British history sees the conversion of the Anglo-Saxon settlers who have forced their way on to British shores over previous centuries, arriving first to pillage, then to farm and trade–and to come to terms with the faith of the Celtic tribes they have driven out.

The dramatic story of Northumbria’s Christian kings helped give birth to England as a nation, English as a language, and the adoption of Christianity as the faith of the English.

Chapter 1 Audio Excerpt

Read by the author’s wife, Harriet Whitbread, with music from Flos Harmonicus.

Praise for Edwin: High King of Britain

“In the first installment of the Northumbrian Thrones, a new historical fiction series, Albert launches readers into the tumultuous world of 7th century Northumbria. Edwin, the deposed king of the region, forges political alliances, is betrayed, and fights critical battles that form the arc of his rise and fall as High King of Britain. As he ages, he fears for the future of his kingdom, and war has simply become a necessary evil. His shifting worldview leads to conversion to the Christian faith—a slow process given special attention by Albert. But it is not a clear path, and sometimes Edwin and his subordinates doubt the validity and the power of the Christian God, as opposed to the pagan deities they have left behind. Albert’s focus on the religious element does not detract from the political and dramatic aspects of the history he is portraying. Rather, it lends an extra dimension of psychological turmoil, because characters must deal with the problem of not only individual identity but also the beginnings of a national identity related to religion. 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

“A splendid novel that leaves the reader wanting more.” –Bernard Cornwell, New York Times bestselling author

“A fast-paced and gripping tale of the great Northumbrian King Edwin, reclaiming one of our great national figures from the shadows of history.” –Justin Hill, author of Shieldwall

My Thoughts
Albert crafts an absorbing tale of vicious battles and shrewd political alliances allowing Edwin’s ascent to power. Reading of the conversion of Anglo-Saxons as they let go of their ancestors worshiping ways as they grasp their new found religion is exciting.

The narrative is full of excitement and contains plenty of drama as we read of the birth of England as a nation, the dawn of the English language, and the acceptance of Christianity as the faith of England.

A turning point is when Edwin is confronted by a mysterious and unidentified person – predicting he will become High King of Britain is a pivotal turning point, in both narrative, and history. Edwin never forgets this unforgettable moment, soon to change his life and his minions forever.

Albert’s writing style and thrilling narrative consume the reader. I found myself lost in this book from the beginning. I am looking forward to this series, if this is a prelude of what’s to come, I will be ecstatic. Great snapshot into history and the brutal times of the 7th century.

Recommendation: 4/5

~GIVEAWAY!~

Thanks to the generous people at Lion Fiction I have 1 paperback copy of EDWIN HIGH KING OF BRITAIN (The Northumbrian Thrones Book 1) up for grabs! To enter, please leave a comment below and include your email address. Giveaway is open to US, UK & Canada residents only and ends on SEPT 2, 2014. Winner will be chosen on SEPT 3, 2014 and notified via email. Winner has 72 hours to respond or new winner is chosen.

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About the Author03_Edoardo Albert

Edoardo Albert is a writer of Sri Lankan and Italian extraction based in London. The best response to his writing was when he reduced a friend to helpless, hysterical, rolling-on-the-floor-holding-his-stomach laughter. Unfortunately, the writing in question was a lonely hearts ad. He hopes to produce similar results in readers, without inadvertently acquiring another wife.

For more information, please visit Edoardo Albert’s website. You can also connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Edwin: High King of Britain Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 25

Review at Princess of Eboli

Review at 2 Book Lovers Reviews

Tuesday, August 26

Review at Just One More Chapter

Review & Giveaway at Unshelfish

Wednesday, August 27

Review at Dab of Darkness

Thursday, August 28

Interview & Giveaway at Dab of Darkness

Monday, September 1

Review at Book Lovers Paradise

Review at Queen of All She Reads

Tuesday, September 2

Review at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, September 3

Review at The Writing Desk

Review at The Mad Reviewer

Friday, September 5

Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Monday, September 8

Review at A Book Geek

Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Tuesday, September 9

Review at Book Nerd

Wednesday, September 10

Review & Giveaway at 100 Pages a Day – Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Interview & Giveaway at Thoughts in Progress

Friday, September 12

Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews

Monday, September 15

Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace

Tuesday, September 16

Review at Layered Pages

Thursday, September 18

Review & Giveaway at Beth’s Book Reviews

Friday, September 19

Review at Book Drunkard

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10 Comments

  1. t.hedelrae [at] gmail [dot] c o m

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  2. Kara S

     /  August 27, 2014

    Thank you for featuring this exciting new release; I am very interested in English history generally. Yet, I have given this early period short shrift in my historical fiction readings in this area — this sounds like a truly well-crafted novel I’d be lucky to have the chance to read. Thanks for the chance to win! Best, Kara

    If I am fortunate: shamy at post dot harvard dot edu

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  3. This sounds good. I’d like to win it.
    mgifford01 at snet.net

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  4. Wishing you luck Kara! Thank you for entering.

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  5. I’d love to be included in the draw – I actually live in Northumberland!
    Email adress is lady.kell.smurthwaite at gmail.com

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  6. Thank you All for entering and stopping by! We have a winner! Check back for more exciting giveaways!

    Reply
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