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N. Gemini Sasson
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Book Description

5 Nov 2012
In the year 1399, Welsh nobleman Owain Glyndwr is living out a peaceful gentleman's life in the Dee Valley of Wales with his wife Margaret and their eleven children. But when Henry of Bolingbroke, the Duke of Lancaster, usurps the throne of England from his cousin Richard II, that tranquility is forever shattered. What starts as a feud with a neighboring English lord over a strip of land evolves into something greater-a fight for the very independence of Wales. Leading his crude army of Welshmen against armor-clad columns of English, Owain wins key victories over his enemies. After a harrowing encounter on the misty slopes of Cadair Idris, the English knight Harry Hotspur offers Owain a pact he cannot resist. Peace, however, comes with a price. As tragedies mount, Owain questions whether he can find the strength within himself not only to challenge the most powerful monarch of his time, but to fulfill the prophecies and lead his people to freedom without destroying those around him.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Cader Idris Press (5 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193934400X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939344007
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

N. Gemini Sasson is the author of six historical novels set in 14th and 15th century Scotland, England and Wales, including The Bruce Trilogy and Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (2011 IPPY Silver Medalist in Historical Fiction). Her latest release is Uneasy Lies the Crown, A Novel of Owain Glyndwr. Long after writing about Robert the Bruce and Queen Isabella, Sasson learned she is a descendant of both.

If you'd like to learn more about N. Gemini Sasson's books or how to stalk her on Facebook, Twitter or via her blog, just go to www.ngeminisasson.com.

Books by N. Gemini Sasson:
- In the Time of Kings (Time Travel Romance/Adventure, set in medieval Scotland) -
***Release date Sept. 14, 2013***
- The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy: Book I)
- Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy: Book II)
- The Honor Due a King (The Bruce Trilogy: Book III)
- Isabeau: A Novel of Queen ISabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (The Isabella Books)
- The King Must Die: Murder and revenge in the time of Edward III (The Isabella Books)
- Uneasy Lies the Crown: A Novel of Owain Glyndwr

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping! 14 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
As ever, Ms Sasson approaches her historical subject with knowledge and skill. The characters drawn from real life leap from the page and the story is compelling. The MC is well characterised and the writing keeps you glued to the e-page or page.
So a shift from Scotland to Wales and the underdog fights back. This book is really good as are all of Ms Sasson's stories. I'll bet you read the rest too!
Thoroughly recommended - Historical Fiction at it's best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Storytelling 7 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must read! 6 Mar 2013
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This is one of the best historical fiction books I have read in a long time. Pacy, easy reading,action packed yet all the characters really came to life. once started, I couldn't put it down and was mad when I finished it! Because of this read, I have ordered other boks by this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars history lesson 12 Feb 2013
By chasm63
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just read this and found it really interesting not often you get to read about welsh history will now take more interest in this subject
well written and good characters and plot
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 26 Jun 2013
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Worth a read if you enjoy British history and want to know about Welsh heroes. Ranks amongst the best historical novels I have read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read for a long time. 18 Jun 2013
By R S D
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It may have some historical inaccuracies but this story, based on the life and struggles of the last true Prince of Wales,
is both believable and thoroughly readable. RD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh History 8 Oct 2013
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This man will always be a hero in the eyes of true Welsh people but please do not let this put you off what is a really good novel, it is not tied down with politics of the time and I'm sure there is a book there about Owain Glyndwr, I think that would be called a history book.This shows one man's struggle to please his own people and the burden that puts on his own family life and his struggle and devotion to achieve a goal of independence from English rulers in his people's country. Good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars jumps about 9 Jun 2013
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Overall an intresting book with some great chracters. Its well written but I found it hard to follow at times with all the jumping around from Wales to Scotland to England and back to Wales with sub plots being played out in in each area. At times I felt lost and nearly put the kindle down and forgot about it. But I stuck with it and glad I did as I realised that each sub plot was needed to help understand what was going on in England Wales and Scotland at this point in our collective history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
A good read but I thought it did not flow as well as some authors such as Sharon Penman or Phillipa Gregory
Published 19 days ago by Anisah Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing read
Owain Glyndwr wasn't a man I knew much about, except for being told that he was a Welsh rebel. I feel that I have a better understanding of the man and what he was fighting for... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mrs. G. A. Chesney-Green
5.0 out of 5 stars a great historical tale
I'd never heard of owain glyndwr from any history taught at school, I guess it's because he almost defeated the English king that his story has been pushed aside and hidden for so... Read more
Published 2 months ago by EllieH
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful historical writing
N Gemini Sasson has captured the "feel" of this time period. The plot flows and the characters are authentic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jan bayliss
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, well-researched historical account + fictional elements
It's 1399, the era of Owain Glyndwr. Acclaimed as the last true Welsh Prince of Wales, Ms Sasson delves into the life of this reluctant warrior prince, for he was in reality more... Read more
Published 3 months ago by FrancineHowarth
1.0 out of 5 stars Falls between two stools
Neither a romance or a boys only book. Misses out on description both in the characters and their environment. All this means is it fails to get you involved at every level.
Published 5 months ago by sk reeves
4.0 out of 5 stars Battle after battle after battle...
But historically very interesting. I'd just seen 'The Hollow Crown' series on the BBC, and this novel ties in with the period very nicely. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kim A
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Prince of Wales
This was a great read about Owain Glyndwr and his fight to keep Wales for the Welsh. My education of Welsh history is sadly lacking as an immigrant from over the border. Read more
Published 13 months ago by SusiL
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