- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Bladud Books (4 Oct. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843192721
- ISBN-13: 978-1843192725
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,763,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
An Endless Exile Paperback – 4 Oct 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a first person, very personal view of a Flemish woman, Torfrida, who later marries Hereward, in a time that was turbulent in British History. Lancaster has an easy voice, quickly pulling you into the saga. She strongly evokes the senses, to make you "see" the story as it unfolds. After the opening of Hereward's death, we move with a flashback to when Hereward and she were much younger. Sent as a 12-year-old child bride to Robert de Ghent, she is a shock to his family. Her parents set the betrothal by misrepresenting Torfrida's youth. Robert is in love with Lucy, Hereward's sister, and slowly Torfrida comes to love Hereward, though at time he exasperates her, even makes her hate him for his unbending rebellious streak.
It's richly researched, with a strong eye to historical details, the sort of historical saga you see so rarely today. You still see smaller presses putting out these sort of strong dramas in Britain, but US seems to think these are not popular. Well, the rise of e-books sales is telling a different story. The readers are there, just they have a hard time finding the sort of books they want. E-book publishers are cleaning up on NYC publishers' shortsightedness. And that Lancaster is not in print is most definitely shortsighted!
Lancaster gives an amazing tale, that totally fascinated me, spellbound me. The young Hereward and Torfrida were amazing; they were so vivid, alive.Read more ›
This is an excellent first book from an author we will undoubtedly see more of in the future.
She meets him as a young girl who is betrothed to Hereward's Godfather's son, Robert. That doesn't work out and Torfrida returns to her native Flanders where several years later Hereward and she fatefully meet again. As Torfrida remembers her life with Hereward, the good times and many times the bad, she questions Hereward's murder and tries to get to the bottom of it.
This is an action packed story following Torfrida & Hereward's stormy but passionate relationship. There is never a dull moment and the pages seem to fly by! Hereward was/is an enigmatic figure and he is brought back to life vividly in this novel!