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Triumph and Catastrophe (The Lost King Book 2) by [Lake, Martin]
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About the Author

Born and raised in England, Martin Lake discovered his love of history and writing at an early age. After graduating, he worked as a teacher before he decided to combine his two passions and write a historical novel. He has published nine novels and several short stories. When not writing, he can be found traveling, cooking, and exploring fascinating places. He currently resides on the French Riviera with his wife.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3040 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CQ0T3K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel which is such a brilliant mix of story and history. Edgar Atheling, the prince of Alfred's bloodline attempts to reclaim the throne of England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. First off the characters are as alive as if they were sharing a feast with me. I would not care to be on the other side of their shield walls. Edgar is carefully drawn as a warrior hero with humanity. He is believable. The story's narrative hurtles from fast paced scene to fast paced scene all excellently portrayed leaving a reader breathless and looking for more. Other characters can be found in Domesday as dispossessed tenants of Alan of Brittany. Having researched this territory myself I recognise villages and their lords. Alan Rufus, cousin to William of Normandy is portrayed as ruthless. He became a Tenant in chief in the North after the harrying that continued through 1071. Martin Blake's vignette, a scene that includes Alan Rufus and King William is superb in the way tension throughout it is preserved. As for the Danish princes, they too are ruthless, looking for the best opportunity out of a dysfunctional time when the north of England becomes embroiled in rebellion. I loved the depictions of outlaws in this story as we meet characters who help and betray the young prince.

I felt too as I read that Martin Lake's use of landscape as it would have been in the 11th C was terrific. I felt I was there on the Roman roads, in the destroyed villages, walking with Edgar and his companions through the ruined streets of early medieval York. This novel is an accomplishment beautifully and accurately told. I found it unputdownable and now I shall have to read its forerunner, Resistance.
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I enjoyed this book as I did the first one. Edgar is seen as a gentle and kind young man also brave and courageous with a quick mind. He is, unfortunately destined never to rule England. This book tells of his trials and tribulations and of the loyalty of his supporters. Wherever he escapes to in England, William is one step behind him. I cannot wait to read the final book in the trilogy to find out what became of Edgar and his friends. Good read giving an insight to a time that has been forgotten.
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A great sequel in the story of the real king of England when William the Conqueror took over. Believable characters, gripping story, from a history I didn't know. Makes me root for King Edgar even though history tells us he doesn't win. Can't wait for the third book!
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Every bit as good as its prequel, The Lost King: Resistance. Don't be put off if you don't like history. This story will appeal to anyone, whether interested in history or not. I wanted Edgar to win, even though I knew he wouldn't. Writing style, characterisation, storyline all first rate
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Having thoroughly enjoyed the first in the series, I immediately purchased this one. I am pleased that I did. This series gives a fascinating insight into a largely neglected period of history. The sense of time and place is excellent. The character of Edgar is very three-dimensional and I really found myself rooting for him and empathising with some of the difficult decisions he has to make. It is also very interesting to track the changes in his character as he faces adversity and betrayal and grows from boy to man.
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If this book's predecessor, Resistance, got five stars, then this one should get six. The pace and readability are the same, but the characters are more filled out and sympathetic. This is especially the case with Edgar himself; as he matures, he becomes more wise, cunning, even more ruthless. We are with him as he takes on the characteristics necessary to become a king. He deals skilfully with King Malcolm of Scotland, and then with his new and dangerous allies, the vikings, playing them off against each other. His relationship with the girl Worm/Anna is especially beguiling because of the neat way it is underplayed. Again, a great read.
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The second in a series set in those dark days immediately following the Norman invasion. Martin's books are really well written with that certain pace that makes them hard to put down. I can't wait for the next one..
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Martin Lake continues the lively adventures, or generally misadventures, of the unfortunate King Edgar.
The tale fairly gallops along; there are certainly no boring passages in the book. Lake has clearly done
a lot of research in putting the history together; how many of the characters are factual and how many
are added from his imagination I do not know but all come to life very real and believeable. Lake's
masterful use of dialogue contributes much to this believability, how the persons speak and what they say
fit exactly the image their actions suggest. As with the first volume, this one ends leaving the reader in
suspense. The story of Edgar's curious relationship with the Norman William is not finished. Will another
volume be forthcoming? I'm sure it would be welcomed.
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