Title – 1066: What Fates Impose
Author – G.K. Holloway
Genre – Historical Fiction
Length – 448 Pages (Paperback)
Publication – Nov 2013
My Rating – 5/5 Stars
England is in crisis. King Edward has no heir and promises never to produce one. There are no obvious successors available to replace him, but quite a few claimants are eager to take the crown. While power struggles break out between the various factions at court, enemies abroad plot to make England their own. There are raids across the borders with Wales and Scotland. Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, is seen by many as the one man who can bring stability to the kingdom. He has powerful friends and two women who love him, but he has enemies who will stop at nothing to gain power. As 1066 begins, England heads for an uncertain future. It seems even the heavens are against Harold. Intelligent and courageous, can Harold forge his own destiny – or does he have to bow to what fates impose?
I’ll be honest with you this was an engrossing read from the start. I could have read it much faster if not for work commitments.. Every time I put the book down I couldn’t help but want to read just a little bit more.
The synopsis gives you more than enough detail to know what happens in the book but what you can’t gather from it is that the author clearly has a lot of historical knowledge which shines through.
It’s a fast paced tale so my only advice is if your historical knowledge of the era isn’t the strongest pay attention to the handy list of characters at the beginning of the book, without this addition from the author I would have been lost.
1066 is a well-known year for many, I myself learned a little when in school but what you don’t learn about is all of the little events that took place so events unfolded the way they did. This is what Glynn offers us and a fascinating tale unfolds to which the author gives great detail.
One of the main things I was unaware of was the very complex family relationships that were involved.
This book for me is definitely a 5* book, yes maybe we could have had a bit more development of some of the characters but with this type of book and setting you know the author won’t be able to give everyone enough page time. Sometimes it was just hard to understand why these men fought so bravely for Harold when you didn’t see the emotional connections between them. Overall I think Glynn got this book spot on. Too much character development could have led to the underlying story not being given the page time it deserves
In conclusion is book is a very fascinating read full of historical knowledge that draws the reader in and I thank the author for bringing his work to my attention