The Price of Blood
by Patricia Bracewell
Release: February 5, 2015
Short note from Wisteria:
Amazing! I first read Shadow of the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy #1) when it was first released.
I became fascinated with Emma of Normandy and her dominant and sagacious personality. Recently I was asked by Viking Publishers to share a Guest Post by the author, Patricia Bracewell. Please see below. I also have a link she has shared all readers to her Online Book Club for this novel.
I wanted to share my enthusiasm for The Price of Blood immediately. This is a vibrant drama that pulls from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles a portrayal of Emma of Normandy from A.D. 1006-A.D.1012. As the author notes, her presence was there when Vikings ravaged the English realm. This is the second book in the trilogy and sadly, my anxiety will have to wait for the last book. Perhaps, a bit of meditation will help. In the meantime, I might have to re-read both books. The Price of Blood begins with Emma the Queen of King AEthelred. She has little power in her own right, as women are considered pawns in a chess game. However, she hopes that the alliances she creates with the strong clergy and others will serve to enhance her power. It is for her children that she is most worried. Her marriage to Aethelred was arranged, her worth valued by her ability to produce sons. Her tenacity, patience and keen wisdom are tested, for she also is in love with a prince. A prince who the king believes would like nothing better than to unseat him. I most highly recommend this second book in the trilogy.