Mark Twain wrote: When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
#2 in The First Queen Of England
Category: Historical Fiction
Average Rating: 3.0
Lady Elfrida is queen of England, her husband enamored of her, and her supporters many and varied. But the queen finds herself caught up in terse political intrigues, as England is threatened both from external Viking attack and internally from restless factionalism at Court, aggravated by questions about who will rule after the king.
Even when she has accomplished all she can for the king, a tragedy robs her of her joy and influence, and once more, she must toil to retain her position as the first queen of England and mother to the king's heir.
This is the second part in the continuing story of Lady Elfrida, the first crowned queen of England.
This is the continuation of the story begun in book 1. It's a little more believable than the previous story, but far from totally realistic. However, it's a good story and quite entertaining, albeit quite wordy at times, with reasonably compelling characters. And Sheila Daly Payson performs well, although more distinctive voicing of the characters would have been helpful in following some of the dialog. The story concludes quite nicely.
Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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