Book Review: The Brothers of Gwynedd: The Legend of the First True Prince of Wales by: Edith Pargeter


Publisher: Sourcebooks

Publish Date: 1 May 2010

Origins: Publisher for Review

Format: Very large softcover

Blurb: A Burning Desire for One Country, One Love, and One Legacy That Will Last Forever.

Llewelyn, prince of Gwynedd, dreams of a Wales united against the English, but first he must combat enemies nearer home. Llewelyn and his brothers-Owen Goch, Rhodri, and David-vie for power among themselves and with the English king, Henry III. Despite the support of his beloved wife, Eleanor, Llewelyn finds himself trapped in a situation where the only solution could be his very downfall...

Originally published in England as four individual novels, The Brothers of Gwynedd transports you to a world of chivalry, gallant heroes, and imprisoned damsels; to star-crossed lovers and glorious battle scenes; and is Edith Pargeter's absorbing tale of tragedy, traitors, and triumph of the heart.

Review: Note: This review if for part 1 of 4 in this quartet. I share a tiny bit about how the character of Llywelyn feels to me in the future but nothing you will notice until you read the book yourself.

So for lack of more articulate words...this book rocks. I love it so much I want to squish it my chest and snuggle with it before bed. It is so good. It is medieval history, I don't know if I can even call if fiction because it is pretty darn close to the historical truth from what I know about this era. But, historical fiction it is categorized under; the story is truly amazing. There is drama and passion and just lots of unbelievable stuff going on, don't want to give away too much. Llywelyn feels like King Arthur meets Richard the Lionheart to me, if that makes any sense at all. You won't ever be enthralled by history more with any other book than with this one. It is truly amazing. I had a bit of a problem pronouncing the names, so I just gave them all nicknames so I could keep them straight in my head. For example, Llywelyn is Lou, and Samson, well is Sam (that one isn't hard, lol). I hope this is not a disgrace to the characters or to the author, I just needed an easier way to make it through the book. I know who they all are, I just can't say hardly any of their names. I enjoyed this beautifully written account of history, this is definitely on my comfort reading shelf, I am almost done with this whole quartet and it's pretty large.

P.S. If you get this book, it is HUGE, don't be discouraged, take it in pieces.

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  1. Edith Pargeter is one great historical fiction writers, especially if you like historical detail.

  2. Sounds good if you like historical fiction and after Wolf Hall nothing is too big.

  3. I always think that pronunciation doesn't matter that much, because as long as you recognise the character when they come back into the story then that is all that matters really. Whether you are pronoucing the names correctly is almost an incidental.


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