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Child of the Phoenix [Paperback]

Barbara Erskine
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19 Feb 2009

Beautiful repackage of this Barbara Erskine classic, the story of a remarkable mediaeval noblewoman whose life shaped the history of three crowns

The child whose hands would hold three crowns is born in fire.

In 1218 an extraordinary princess is born, whose birth was foretold. Her mystical powers and unquenchable spirit will alter the course of history.

Raised by her fiercely Welsh nurse to support the Celtic cause against the predatory English king, Princess Eleyne is taught to worship the old gods, to look into the future and sometimes the past. However, unable to identify time and place in her terrifying visions, she is powerless to avert forthcoming tragedy…

Remarkable events follow Eleyne all her life as, despite impassioned resistance, her world is shaped by powerful men. But her tempestuous life and loves tie her to the destinies of England, Scotland and Wales…


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  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (19 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007280793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007280797
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of many bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus three collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Her first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over two million copies worldwide. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester and in a cottage near Hay-on-Wye.

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'Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson.' Sunday Times

‘Readers of Barbara Erskine are held in thrall’
Woman’s Realm

‘Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell’
Frank Delaney

'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable' The Times

From the Back Cover

In 1218 an extraordinary princess is born, whose mystical powers and unquenchable spirit will alter the course of history…

Raised by her fiercely Welsh nurse to support the Celtic cause against the predatory English king, Princess Eleyne is taught to worship the old gods, to look into the future and sometimes the past. However, unable to identify time and place in her terrifying visions, she is powerless to avert forthcoming tragedy…

Remarkable events follow Eleyne all her life as, despite impassioned resistance, her world is shaped by powerful men. But her tempestuous life and loves tie her to the destinies of England, Scotland and Wales…

‘Readers of Barbara Erskine are held in thrall’
WOMAN'S REALM

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!! 22 Aug 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read most of Barbara Erskine's novels I just knew this was going to be good. When I saw how thick the book was I thought it would take me ages to read, but no, in true Barbara Erskine style, the book was too good to put down. It tells the life, loves and tragedies of Welsh princess Eleyne who was actually an ancestor of Barbara Erskine. It tells the haunting story of her love affair with a Scots King. The story was all based in the one era too and not past life/present as many books are. If you enjoy Erskine's novels you will love this. I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially if you like historical novels as many of the characters in this book were actual real people. A must for all readers.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful! 28 Jan 2007
By Ricki
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What an amazing book - my favourite book of all time. The characters, the plots, the consistently enthralling storyline, the description and the depth of our heroine Eleyne make this a book a cut above the rest. It's why we read books.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly BIG read 27 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this saga. Eleyne became a great friend and I really sympathized and rejoiced with her. A trifle too long but still a super way to while away the hours. I was absolutely hooked and hated putting it down... Having already read "Kingdom of shadows" this became a perfect companion to it an dhas persuaded me to read "Lady of hay".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long haul, but well worth it! 16 July 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've literally just put this book down, having turned the last page.

My copy was so well worn and thumbed by previous readers that I've just had to tape both covers back on. Always a good testament to an excellent read! Hopefully it will go on to delight many others.

And an excellent read it has been. For the last two weeks this book has been everywhere with me, beaches, camping on the Isles of Scilly, here at home in western Cornwall, clutched in bed in the small hours of the morning with gritty eyes and an unquenchable hunger to further myself through the plot, gripped tightly in a tiny tent whilst storms have raged all around, illuminated by the smallest of Maglites, carted about in my rucksack wherever I have been, pulled out at every available opportunity, waiting at bus stops and ferry jetties. Really it has totally taken over my life and I am most pleased to be able to finally release myself from its talons and move on. More than a 1000 pages later I'm exhausted!

It's been a fascinating blend of history and fiction set in thirteenth century Britain, with all manner of courtly competition, rank jostling and double-dealing thrown into the mix. There's dastardly villains, otherworldly visions, deceptions, kingly warrings and a plot that's so complex and unpredictable it must have roots in the truth, all set against the backdrop of the wild landscapes of Wales and Scotland, (with occasional appearances from England).

And as for the heroine...what a woman!

My first Barbara Erskine novel, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes to sink their teeth into an all-consuming hearty read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the 1000 pages! 14 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. Barbara Erskine tells the life story of the Welsh princess Eleyne, a granddaughter of King John of England. The book links "Lady of Hay" and "Kingdom of Shadows." I could not stop reading because I wanted to what would happen next to Eleyne. "Child of the Phoenix" follows in the captivating style that Barbara Erkine established in "Lady of Hay" and "Kingdom of Shadows." I am eagerly awaiting the next novel by Barbara Erskine.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is Erskine's finest piece of work! I love this book so much, I think I've read it at least 12 times since I bought my first copy in cloth. Since then I have owned 2 paperbacks, one which I lend out to friends and one that I read myself. If you love action, drama, history, romance and mystery all rolled into one, then this is the book for you. The heroine will live on long after you've put the book back on the shelf. She is strong and brave in a world dominated by men. I went on to read Barbara Erskines other books after reading "Child of the Phoenix" and I loved them too, but "Phoenix" is my favourite. Infact, if I had to take one book on a desert island with me (and believe me I LOVE books), it would be "Child of the Phoenix". This is her only novel set in one time period, her other books tend to involve two time periods.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHILD OF THE PHEONIX 8 Feb 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is simply the best book that I have ever read!!! A book to truly get lost in. An epic tale of 13th century Britain, involving Royalty, Romance, Obsession, Magic, Drama, Deception and a Death defying love affair.
This book draws you into a world ruled by passions that will tug at your emotions, I found myself living the highs and lows of the heroine, Eleyne's remarkable life. Barbara Eirskine writes with deep and heartfelt emotion for the characters, making them jump straight off the page, in a story that I'm sure with enthrall all lovers of historical fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirst for history quenched. 21 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you like myself love the romance of a drafty Welsh castle then this is the novel for you. At first the brick sized book looks a little scary, and I admit it took me a couple of months to read it but Barbara Erskine weaves a story so rich you believe you are one of the characters. Eleyne is a captivating character, Daughter of Llewellyn Fawr and Joanna the illigitimate daughter of the English King. The novel follows her life from a young girl to her old age, through her lifes trials and loves. This is a hostorical novel you can believe in, almost live in. Buy it and digest it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lose yourself in this book
I will be sorry to finish this book, it has twists and turns, writing style portrays vivid pictures and I find myself thinking about this believable story when I am not reading the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sheila Elizabeth Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
havent read it yet cant wait.
Published 10 days ago by Sally Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars another well researched book
A well crafted book with history and magic interwoven into a fascinating story. Barbara Erskine is a great teller of tales - where does she get her ideas from?
Published 1 month ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable
This novel, for me is Ms Erskine's masterpiece. It's not a time slip one such as her previous novels are but set in one time frame, MEDIEVAL, telling the tale of Eleyne and her... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wendy McFarlane
5.0 out of 5 stars a riveting story
Once again Barbara Erskine has written a story that was difficult to put down until the end. The tale was so vivid I felt I was part of it. Wonderful
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 nd time
I love this writer and this book, I had a copy that I bought
years ago but it 's been read so often that it was falling apart. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ACVD
3.0 out of 5 stars very long
Enjoyed most of the story then I got bored.so skipped the bit before the end. sorry but too many people to think about.
Published 5 months ago by paula buss
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
Received book but as I have not finished reading it I cannot comment on the whole book. Just to say that what I have read I am really enjoying
Published 8 months ago by Rosemary Hollis
5.0 out of 5 stars But I love all her books !!
Always creates an atmosphere which many authors just don't in my opinion with Barbara Erskine I get drawn in and I'm there in the book & I can see all the characters and scenes... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sharon Guest
5.0 out of 5 stars Different to other Barbara Erskine books more fast paced, brilliant...
this book is so addictive it is fast paced and keeps you in suspense, you can imagine the characters really well.
Published 11 months ago by lyssa
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