Summer, 1070. Renowned for his valor in the battle for York, Tancred a Dinant is now a lord in his own right, with knights of his own to command and a manor to call home in the turbulent Welsh borderlands. But his hard-fought gains are soon threatened, as a coalition of enemies both old and new prepares to march against King William.
With English, Welsh and Viking forces gathering, and war looming, the Normans are forced to make common cause with some unlikely allies in defence of their newly conquered realm. For Tancred, meanwhile, there are also enemies closer to home: Norman barons envious of his fame, who regard him as a threat to their own power and who are only too eager to see him brought low.
Amidst the turmoil, Tancred is chosen to spearhead a perilous expedition into the heart of Wales. Success will bring him glory beyond his dreams. Failure will mean the ruin of the reputation that he has worked so hard to forge. As shield-walls clash and the kingdom burns, not only is his destiny at stake, but also that of England itself.
A gripping tale of battle, honor, and vengeance, The Splintered Kingdom is an epic saga of the struggle for England-and through it, the western world.
Inspired by true events and people, Moon Queen weaves a bright carpet of inspiration, by turns inspiring and heartbreaking, providing a new perspective on one of the most glorious periods of Turkish history.
Presque deux ans après sa capture par des Indiens cheyennes, suite à des représailles, Edwina Anderson, appelée Soleil chez ces derniers, est aujourd’hui pleinement intégrée à ce peuple libre, fier et courageux. Mariée au chef de la tribu, Fils d’Aigle, qui l’aime passionnément, et bientôt maman, la jeune femme a trouvé son équilibre et coule des jours qui pourraient être des plus paisibles si le gouvernement blanc ne livrait pas une lutte acharnée aux derniers Indiens dits « sauvages », afin de les faire rejoindre les réserves.
Pourtant, un regain d’espoir naîtra dans le cœur de ces gens acculés au plus triste sort lors de la bataille de Little Big Horn contre les Blancs, dont ils sortiront victorieux. Mais ce sera aussi leur première et dernière grande victoire. Par la suite des tribus entières seront massacrées régulièrement jusqu’à ce que les irréductibles gagnent enfin les réserves.
Au sein de cette tourmente, Fils d’Aigle et Edwina seront arrachés l’un à l’autre, et chacun de son côté connaîtra de durs moments, sans abandonner jamais l’espoir fou de se retrouver un jour.
Un roman historique palpitant et passionnel
La sérénité régnait sur le village en cette fin de nuit de mois d‘avril, mois de la lune des jeunes bisons. La chasse printanière fructueuse avait fourni à la communauté son compte de viande et suffisamment de peaux pour remplacer celles usagées des tipis, et l’hiver pas trop rigoureux suivi d’un printemps clément avaient facilité les déplacements. Aucune perte humaine n’avait endeuillé les familles qui s’étaient réjouies plutôt des naissances multiples qui avaient eu lieu. Pourtant, alors que chacun aurait dû être ravi de toutes ces bontés envoyées par Maheo le Grand Esprit des Cheyennes, les cœurs étaient lourds.
A PROPOS DE L’AUTEUR
Annie Gaborit a 58 ans et réside près de Royan. Atteinte de myopathie de longue date, l'écriture est la meilleure des thérapies et lui apporte l'évasion dont elle a besoin.
De Grandville à Paris, des Folies Bergère au cœur des Années Folles, Apollonie entame la reconquête d’Hector et cherche à percer ses secrets, sans savoir qu’un péril bien plus grand menace son amour.
Parviendra-t-elle à ramener celui qu’elle aime et à raviver les mémoires obscurcies ?
Découvrez le deuxième volet d'une trilogie de romance historique passionnante !
Le miracle tant attendu finit tout de même par se produire, à l’issue de cette période d’attente éprouvante et tandis qu’une forme de renoncement commençait insidieusement à m’envahir, impactant mon moral et mes pensées : j’aperçus un soir Hector à la fenêtre de sa chambre, alors que je rentrais de l’une de mes promenades dans le parc. Je vis d’abord son ombre furtive s’avancer dans l’embrasure, puis je reconnus sa silhouette familière, légèrement dissimulée par un rideau de brocard et occupée à contempler une ligne imaginaire devant lui. La pâleur extrême de son visage me frappa de prime abord : il semblait considérablement amaigri, ce qui faisait ressortir davantage son nez aquilin et l’ossature dure de son visage. Vêtu d’une chemise à col haut et d’un peignoir carmin, il ressemblait à l’une de ces gravures de ses ancêtres qui trônaient dans le couloir du premier étage. Malgré tout, il suffit d’une fraction de seconde pour que son magnétisme me percutât de nouveau de plein fouet. Pourquoi Hector possédait-il ce pouvoir de fascination si fort sur les êtres, si agaçant pour toute personne jugée « normale » ? Encore plus séduisant que dans mes souvenirs, d’une élégance trouble, une moue légère sur ses lèvres dures, il demeurait statique et indifférent, comme perdu dans ses pensées.
CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE
Une suite à la hauteur du premier volet... Toujours extrêmement bien écrit, nous retrouvons les héros avec plaisir... Et au vue du final (je ne m'en suis toujours pas remise...) je n'ai qu'une hâte, découvrir le troisième volet de cette saga ! - Blog Saria et ses livres
À PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR
Gwendoline Finaz De Villaine est habitée des mêmes passions que celles de son personnage principal Apollonie Destrac : auteur-compositeur, elle a elle aussi enflammé les planches des Folies Bergère en tant que chanteuse lyrique. Parsemée d’influences autobiographiques, mélangeant ses expériences de scène et les rencontres humaines et artistiques qui ont jalonné sa vie, sa saga des Brumes de Grandville rencontre actuellement un succès public considérable.
faithful hound; Medusa and Herakles; sirens, valkyries, fairies;
Leonardo Da Vinci and Snow White — these are just some of the legendary
characters that resonate within this thought-provoking garland of short
stories from Australia.
Archetypes from ancient mythology,
lurking in the depths of our psyches, peer at us through the haze of
history; cautionary tales from our nursery years remind us of what can
happen when we disobey The Rules; well known themes of obsession,
betrayal and exploitation, love and loss and renewal are skillfully
manipulated into new and compelling forms.
From the lighthearted
and tongue-in-cheek to the sad and the sinister, this selection of
tales, with their clever mythic echoes, is sure to entertain, enlighten
and challenge readers of all ages.
Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo...
But true love never dies. Though they're parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he'll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father's crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility---a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure and the chance to avenge his father's death.
In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants, and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn't surrender souls without a price...
England, 1044. Harold Godwineson, a young, respected Earl, falls in love with an ordinary but beautiful woman. He marries Edyth despite her lack of pedigree, pitting him against his turbulent family and his selfish King, Edward. In France, William, the bastard son of a duke, falls in love with power. Brutal and dangerously smart, William sets his sights on England, finding ambition a difficult lust to conquer.
In 1066, with the old King Edward dying, England falls vulnerable to the winds of fate-and the stubborn will of these two powerful men. In this beautifully crafted tale, Helen Hollick sets aside the propaganda of the Norman Conquest and brings to life the English version of the story of the last Saxon King, revealing his tender love, determination, and proud loyalty, all shattered by the unforgiving needs of a Kingdom. Forced to give up his wife and risk his life for England, the chosen King led his army into the great Battle of Hastings in October 1066 with all the honor and dignity that history remembers of its fallen heroes.
"A novel of enormous emotional power...Helen Hollick is a fabulous writer of historical fiction." -Elizabeth Chadwick, author of To Defy a King
What Readers Are Saying:
"We all know the ending! But Helen Hollick's masterful and moving account of Pre-Conquest England still carries the reader along on an enthralling journey to that moment...it made me cry in all the right places. Helen Hollick is a consummate storyteller."
"An epic work, grand and sweeping. I've read many versions of the events of 1066 but this is one of the best."
(This book was previously published in the U.K. as HAROLD THE KING)
A crown can be won, blood cannot be changed.
Mathilda of Flanders is furious at her father's choice of husband for her. William of Normandy has a reputation as a rough warrior but after a violent start to their courtship Mathilda discovers him to be a man of unexpected sensitivity, driven by two goals: to win her heart and to win her a throne.
Astoundingly the throne seems to come first, for King Edward of England invites the newlyweds to Westminster and declares William his heir. But with the passing of time, this secretive promise is soon forgotten . . . though not by William. Or Mathilda.
As events either side of the Narrow Sea reach crisis point, Mathilda has to decide what she wants: heart or throne? How deep does her ambition run and what is she prepared to sacrifice to succeed?
Dianella Lee fights to conserve rare, tiny orchids on Australia’s southern coast, one of the most biodiverse wildflower regions in the world. But her world of beauty and love is thrown into harsh relief when her family business is almost destroyed by her own mother.
Wade Hamilton has made it big in Silicon Valley, California in 3D computer images. He’s about to make a huge, life-changing business deal and needs time out, not complications. But one glance at Dianella and her passion, and he succumbs to orchidmania.
Opposites attract, and orchids have their own magic, but when faced with distance, family drama and diverse priorities, what chance do a flower girl and a billionaire have?
"Hollick does a remarkable job of bringing to life a little known but powerful queen... an absorbing plot that never lags over the course of a fat, satisfying book."—Publishers Weekly
Sometimes, a desperate kingdom is in need of one great woman
Saxon England, 1002. Not only is Æthelred a failure as King, but his young bride, Emma of Normandy, soon discovers he is even worse as a husband. When the Danish Vikings, led by Swein Forkbeard and his son, Cnut, cause a maelstrom of chaos, Emma, as Queen, must take control if the Kingdom-and her crown-are to be salvaged. Smarter than history remembers, and stronger than the foreign invaders who threaten England's shores, Emma risks everything on a gamble that could either fulfill her ambitions and dreams or destroy her completely.
Emma, the Queen of Saxon England, comes to life through the exquisite writing of Helen Hollick, who shows in this epic tale how one of the most compelling and vivid heroines in English history stood tall through a turbulent fifty-year reign of proud determination, tragic despair, and triumph over treachery.
What Reviewers Are Saying
"Hollick is a master at making each historic scene come alive in the mind of a character with the most to lose... rich, tasty, sugary sludge of historical fiction... the best the genre has to offer."—Historical Novels Review
"Brilliant prose, historical accuracy, and rich detail bring this violent era to life. The Forever Queen stands as a well-detailed biographical account of one of England's strongest, most determined queens."— Historical Novel Review Blog
"A rich and descriptive tapestry of Anglo Saxon history, warring factions, political intrigue and betrayal, brutal violence, and yes, love."—Queen of Happy Endings
Praise for Helen Hollick
"A very talented writer."—Sharon Kay Penman, bestselling author of Devil's Brood
"If only all historical fiction could be this good." —Historical Novels Review
"Hollick juggles a large cast of characters and a bloody, tangled plot with great skill."—Publishers Weekly
"Helen Hollick has it all. She tells a great story." —Bernard Cornwell
(This book was previously published in the U.K. as THE HOLLOW CROWN.)
We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva's ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for ‘peeping Tom') and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax. Naked is an original version of Godiva's tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.
… who became the legend
… we know as
Pendragon's Banner is the second book in Helen Hollick's exciting King Arthur trilogy, covering 459-465 A.D. This is not a fairy tale or fantasy. There is no Merlin, no sword in the stone, and no Lancelot. This is the most accurate Arthurian legend ever written, based on historical evidence and meticulous research.
At age twenty-four, King Arthur has the kingdom he fought so hard for and a new young family. But keeping the throne of Britain—and keeping his wife and three sons safe—proves far from easy. Two enemies in particular threaten everything that is dear to him: Winifred, Arthur's vindictive first wife, and Morgause, priestess of the Mother and malevolent Queen of the North. Both have royal ambitions of their own.
In this story of harsh battles, secret treasonous plots, and the life-threatening politics of early Britain's dark ages, author Helen Hollick boldly reintroduces King Arthur as you've never seen him before.
PRAISE FOR PENDRAGON'S BANNER:
"Hollick's interpretation is bold, affecting and well worth fighting to defend."
"Weaves together fact, legend, and inspired imagination to create a world so real we can breathe the smoke of its fires and revel in the Romano- British lust for life, love and honour."
Historical Novel Review
"Camelot as it really was... a very talented writer."
Sharon Kay Penman, bestselling author of Devil's Brood
PRAISE FOR THE KINGMAKING:
"Hollick juggles a cast of characters and a bloody, tangled plot with great skill."
"If only all historical fiction could be this good."
Historical Novels Review
"Stripped of its medieval trappings, the story of Arthur's rise loses none of its legendary power… this [is a] well-researched, skillfully constructed trilogy opener."
Elizaveta meets her match when the fearsome Viking warrior Harald Hardrada arrives at her father's court seeking fame and fortune. He entrusts Elizaveta to be his treasure keeper, to hold the keys to his ever-growing wealth - and eventually to his heart.
Theirs is a fierce romance and the strength of their love binds them together as they travel across the vast seas to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. In 1066, their ambition carries them to Orkney as they plan to invade England and claim the crown . . .