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Blood of Ironside (The Lost King Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Mr Lake takes his story, onwards from 1066 and the Norman invasion, when he was in his mid to late teens, and turns it into an excellent quartet of historical thriller novels – clearly very well researched, very well imagined, very well written, with plenty of action and with great character development.
Edgar comes across as an obsessive, pursuing his cause long after it is clear to every blind man and his dog on a galloping horse that he is not going to succeed and with little prior regard for the impact of his actions on those closest to him and those who would become his subjects but with loads of post action hand wringing and soul searching – mind you, I suppose that if you have had your job stolen from you by an illegal immigrant, you might become a bit obsessive.
William of Normandy, the other main player in the books, is not portrayed and developed in a romantic way, as is often the case, but as, probably accurately, a grade A, gold plated, 100% psychopath, as are most of his closest followers.
A top notch quartet of books, which I recommend, as I did, reading straight through in the correct order.
Mr Lake is firmly ensconced in my list of authors to look out for.
I particularly like the way in which Edgar's character develops throughout the three novels. He is much more hardened and, when necessary, ruthless in 'Blood of Ironside'; which of course he had to be in order to survive.
I would love to pursue his story further. Of course I know he never became king, but since he lived to a good age there is probably much more that could be told.
It is a really interesting insight into the thinking of a young man as he learns what it is to be a king.
Plenty of action too.
Highly recommend these books