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on 15 March 2013
I quite enjoyed this historical romance about two brothers separated at and early age, one becoming a priest and the other a fearsome soldier. When they meet much later they tell each other the story of their lives, with chapters alternating between their stories. Both fall inappropriately in love, which cause them to break away from their destined path and both suffer for that love.
The book is set in France in the mid 1300's and others have praised its historical accuracy but I wasn't convinced after reading near the beginning of a farmer feeding turkeys - more than a century before Columbus. Also a female character is reading books and casually tossing one aside, amost a century before Gutenberg made books possible at an price affordable for all but the very richest. This woman also called people 'fourteenth century buffoons' which I thought an odd insult to use in the 14thC.
A mention of the Hundred Years war, a war that started in 1337 and wouldn't be known by that name until long after it finished also puzzled as did a reference to Lamond deBourbon falling in love with Mary Plantagent in 1346 (when she was 2) and marrying her, when I thought it was John V, Duke of Brittany to whom she was married. Reading of people drinking tea, which came to Europe in the 16thC and celebrating with Champagne several hundred years before that sparkling wine appeared made me question all the other historical gobbets that have been inserted into slow down the action.
Of the two life stories I much prefered the soldier's, there was a lot going on and it was much more interesting and exciting to me than that of the soppy priest whose name, D'ata, kept reminding me of a Star Trek character. However pehaps for female readers the love interest would be more interesting.
I guessed the ending but not the odd supernatural element that jarred.
I'd certainly read the author's next book as she has real talent and can expertly tell a gripping story.
The Kindle edition was well formatted and I noticed only one typo - should be river Rhone not Rhome.