"Helen Hollick has it all. She tells a great story..."
- bestselling author Bernard Cornwell
In this first book of the Pendragon’s Banner series, Hollick delves deep into the life of Pendragon—the gallant leader who would one day unite all of Britain. While the true history of King Arthur is full of legends and myths, this book presents him as a man of flesh and bone—the heroic ruler who inspired armies and captured Gwenhyfar's heart. A once-in-a-millennia figure, King Arthur’s tale is wonderfully realized in Hollick’s impressive narrative.
While there are lots of addictive games to keep word nerds busy, I have to say that Dabble is a fresh new take that I just can’t get enough of. The concept is simple—each game begins with 20 letters. Now you must turn those letters into 5 separate words—one with two letters, one with three, and so on. My brain went into overdrive as soon as I started playing Dabble—forcing me to call on my vocabulary knowledge and strategic thinking skills in equal measure.
If you’re a word-loving NOOK owner, you won’t just want to dabble in this app, you’ll want to become a pro!
Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Helen recommends:
The story is set in the early twelfth century, amid the turbulent years of civil war, when two people were vying for the throne – the dead king’s daughter, Matilda, and his nephew, Stephen, both of whom believed they had absolute right to rule. The ensuing bitter war was a time when it was said that Christ and His Saints Slept. It was a time in history when a woman had no equality or rights; when she could be bargained off in marriage against her will to a man she loathed, and when despite her being the heir to the throne, men would not accept her capability to become Queen. Matilda, however, was possibly the most determined, courageous and strongest woman in English history.
I enjoyed this read because while I know a little about Matilda and her claim to her throne – and even more about her son, Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, I knew absolutely nothing of the other leading character of the novel – Adeliza, Matilda’s stepmother.
There is nothing better than learning about English history through the pages of a good read. Ms Chadwick is a writer of the highest calibre. Her research is meticulous and the history is flawless, while imagined scenes are slipped seamlessly between the factual ones.
To read an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is the nearest we can get to travelling back in time to catch a glimpse of what the past was really like.
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