A long time fan of author N. Gemini Sasson, I was eager to read this, her latest novel. I expected to be dazzled with great story telling, and I truly was.
Known as the last true Welsh prince of Wales, Owain Glyndwr, dedicated his entire life in trying to secure Wale's freedom from English rule. A man of honor, greatly respected, and with the heart of a lion, Owain lives a happy life surrounded by his wife and children. As turmoil with the English increases, Owain soon finds himself torn away from his beloved family, leading a rebellion, and ultimately being adorned with a crown proclaiming him prince.
The author does an outstanding job of showing us not only Owain's finest qualities, but also his many faults, and it is this that made Owain seem real to me, for no one in this world is perfect. It is a testament to N. Gemini's talents as a writer that Owain truly comes alive while reading this book. What I was also more than impressed with was the fact that historical fact and complicated politics are skillfully presented in simple, easy to understand prose. The author leaves no stone unturned and does not shy away from writing detailed love scenes, battles, executions, and daily hardships faced by people in turbulent eras. Highly researched and meticulously written, The Uneasy Crown is a brilliant novel about a poignant hero and the sacrifices he made to fight for his country. If you've never read one of N. Gemini Sasson's novels, then definitely make this your first one. And if you've read her other books, know that this one is just as satisfying and brilliant as her others.