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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird; Reprint edition (Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142401293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142401293
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,697,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub the Date: August. 2004 Pages: 210 in Publisher by: penguin After the death of virtually all of her family in the battle of Camlan. Goewin & 150Princess of itain. Daughter of the High King. Artos & 150makes a desperate journey to African in Aksum. To meet with Constantine. the itish ambassador and her fiancA12. But Aksum is undergoing political turmoil. and Goewin's relationship with its ambassador to itain makes her position more than precarious. Caught between two countries. with the power to transform or end lives. Goewin fights to find and claim her place in a world that has suddenly. irrevocably changed ....

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SIX YEARS AFTER Medraut returned to Britain, and a bare season after he and my twin brother Lleu nearly killed each other over which of them should be the high king's heir, our father's estate at Camlan was destroyed in a battle that began by accident. Read the first page
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Format: Paperback
A book that can be enjoyed by older children and adults. It is an unusual story following on from "The Winter Prince". Once I had started it I could not put it down. Elizabeth Wein's books were recommended to me by a mutual friend. I have not been disappointed with this book. I would have no problem giving this book to an older child as a present.
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Worth the Wait 18 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read The Winter Prince six or seven years ago and I didn't know a continuation was in the works until a few months ago. Which is probably a good thing considering how annoyingly slowly those months passed. It was not the sort of book you forget.
I read A Coalition of Lions in a day. It's a fast read and actually a good deal lighter than The Winter Prince, though that's not saying much. Though the books follow many of the same characters, the narrators are different and I thought COL was not nearly as intense. The history, descriptions, and imagery in this book were wonderful. There are some clever connections, excellent lines, and memorable moments as well.
While it deserves every one of those five stars, I couldn't conceive of saying it is as good as The Winter Prince. But this in a sort of Joseph Heller sort of way. When people tell him he never wrote anything better than Catch-22, he responds with "Who has?" My favorite part was Medraut hitting the target (well, no not really but that was great). He didn't get many lines, but I would (and did!) wait six years for him, too. Speaking of waiting, let's hope the next book is on its way to the printers.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A rich, beautifully woven tapestry of a tale 3 Nov. 2003
By Linden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wein has pulled together the finest fabrics of fiction and brought them together in one masterpiece of a novel. The book is thick with lush description of the colorful Aksum and equally enthralling characters.
Princess Goewin is swept off to Africa, where she is to marry Constantine, after her family is killed. Here we meet Priamos, son of Caleb; Telemakos, Goewin's enchanting young nephew, son of her half-brother; and Candake, the "queen of queens," and many more. As the story progresses, Goewin learns much from Aksumite people and takes matters into her own hands.
Over all, this is an excellently written book that will leave readers of all ages waiting for the next companion book (The Sunbird).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A fan of Goewin 2 Sept. 2005
By Rachel Bibliophile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been an Elizabeth E. Wein fan since I discovered Winter Prince a few months ago, and I think this book is amazing. I really like the character of Goewin; she's tough and smart and she is not afraid to try things a woman in her time did not do. I admire that, and I also like her stubbornness. :) I enjoyed the plot, the dilemmas involved in the succession of kingship (especially for Goewin), though initially I had to keep looking up the Ethiopic terms in the back. But I found the whole book enjoyable, and I feel as if I know and care about all the characters at the end. I hope Ms. Wein continues this series for many more books, because I can assure you I will read them all!
A Different Direction 5 Mar. 2015
By Verity Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're expecting more Arthurian legend, after reading The Winter Prince, this isn't the book for you. Indeed, considering how this book opens (with Artos and most of his family dead) it's difficult to figure out how Arthurian legend ever came to be. But if you're good with following Goewin (Artos's daughter) to another amazing 6th century place, the Ethiopian kingdom of Aksum, this is a fascinating sequel.

Goewin is in a difficult position throughout this book. Although she is technically High Queen of Britain, it would be nearly impossible for her to rule alone, even if her Aunt Morgause hadn't set a price on her head. And Artos's official heir is her cousin Constantine, who is serving as British ambassador to Aksum (a position Medraut once held). Her original plan to marry Constantine is derailed when she reaches Aksum and discovers that Constantine is deeply involved in the country's messy dynastic politics.

As a "court intrigue" story, this book doesn't contain a whole lot of action, and the pace is a bit slow, so I would rate it slightly less than 4 stars. But Goewin's effort to find the best future for two kingdoms (and herself) is emotionally engaging.
Wonderful series that has to be a favorite 17 Mar. 2013
By Terry J. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I gave this book four stars but the first two books together and my interest in reading the next ones are reaching toward a five star series. I can not really put my finger on just what draws me in to them as the writing is different than anything else I have read. The relationship between Medraut and his half brother Lleu is one burned into my brain and when a book does that, it's great writing. But that is the previous book, and this one begins six years after Medraut returned to England from Aksum Ethiopia which is when the previous book began.

A Coalition of Lions is told by Goewin, twin sister of Lleu, and begins after Artos' kingdom of Camlam is destroyed and the King is dead. From the book:

"Camlan shattered Medraut. He began the battle: he drew his sword to kill an adder at my father's heel, and the host mustered by Cynric of the West Saxons fell on our own soldiers at the flash of light on metal."

Lleu is dead and Medraut has disappeared after terrible injuries and presumed to have died. Goewin is Princess of Britain but a woman can not rule, so she makes the decision to go to Aksum where her bethrothed and her father's chosen heir Constantine holds a position of power. She goes to hand him the crown of Britain and to get him to return to ensure the safety of their people.

When Goewin gets to Ethiopia she finds that her brother Medraud has a six year old son who he never knew existed. The child has Medraud's snow white hair and is called Telemakos. The child will play a large part in the rest of the book and is wise beyond his years. I am not going to tell the story here but it is a tale of intrigue, discovery of things from the past, the relationship between Goewin and Constantine and between her and Priamos who traveled with her from Britain. Priamos is a prince in this country but only by blood and has been serving as an ambassador to Britain and as the Aksumite imperial translator. The ensuing story involving these people was one that started out a little slow for me, but at about 100 pages it turned into one I could not put down. That is nearly half of the book, but the story and characters were worth a bit of a slow start as I got deeper and deeper into this book - and series.

I found this a wonderful explanation of the name of the book. It is wound throughout the story:

"Male lions form lifelong allegiances. Not with their mates, but with one another. They may leave a pride, they may leave their lionesses and cubs, or a rival coalition may send them off. But an allied group of males stays together, and hunts together, and fights together. Coalition lions will defend their comrades to the death."

I have already bought the third book. These books are not easy to find, and I got this one on abe books as well as the third one, The Sunbird.

These books are a take on the Arthur legend with Medraut loosely representing Mordred, and I enjoyed reading the author's notes at the end which show how much she studied the illusive often unwritten history of so many centuries ago. Good reads if you like history, good writing, the Arthur legend (but don't demand it always be the same), and really memorable characters.
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