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Llewelyn, prince of Gwynedd, dreams of a Wales united against the English, but first he must combat enemies nearer home. Llewelyn and his brothers vie for power among themselves and with the English king....

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  • Misfit
    2019-01-23 02:34

    Well written and well researched but, just couldn't get into this book. I was familiar with the story of Llewellyn the last and his Eleanor from reading Sharon Kay Penman's Welsh trilogy (LOVED IT!!). This book, or rather these four books in one tell a similar tale as SKP's Falls the Shadow and The Reckoning, but I found this version to be a bit dry and dragged in many places. Part of it may be from telling the story in the first person, thus limiting the story telling to what is observed by that person, loosing a lot of character development. I think also because these were originally written as four smaller books, they might stand better alone with some breathing room in between. Looking at it as one book it could well have stood some serious editing. Also suffering due to the first person account is more about Eleanor except for when Samson the clerk is there, so much of the magic of the tale of Llewellyn and his Eleanor is not told here. Maybe it's just me, although I usually devour large historical fictions about this time period without hardly taking a breather. This one I could always put down, found myself skipping a lot of pages and praying for the book to end -- how many times did we need to have demonstrated in such great, lengthy detail about the legal manipulations of Edward I?

  • Amy Bruno
    2019-01-24 22:36

    Edith Pargeter's novel, The Brothers of Gwynedd is comprised of four stories: Sunrise in the West, The Dragon at Noonday, The Hounds of Sunset and Afterglow and Nightfall. For this review we will be focusing on the first story: Sunrise in the West, which tells the story of Llewelyn ap Grruffyd (also called Llewelyn the Last) of Wales, grandson to Llewelyn the Great, through the eyes of his clerk, friend and closest confidante Samson. Samson is truly an invaluable narrator with his keen sense of insight and candidness. He's a character that you can't help but like immediately and I don't think this novel would have the depth that it does were it written first person. I believe that some people in our lives know us better than we do ourselves and thus can explain it more clearly, so through Samson, I feel I know the real Llewelyn. Through a series of events including the death of their father and the imprisonment of Llewelyn's mother and brothers at the English court, and with King Henry III encroaching bit by bit into Wales it primarily falls to Llewelyn tohelp unite his country and drive the English out, though he is but the second son, not the heir. Like his grandfather and namesake Llewelyn dreamed of a complete Wales, united under one leader, one Prince. Opposition to Llewelyn's ambition doesn't just come from afar, but close to home when his brothers take up arms against him and fight for a bigger piece of the Welsh pie. Llewelyn's victory and justice are swiftly dealt and he is now ready to take on King Henry III of England. I have to admit that when I first started this book my initial feeling was one of confusion. Within the first few pages, I was baffled as to how was who and it doesn't help that they all seem to have the same name. But, hang in there, I promose it all became clear soon enough and there is a family tree to refer to. Pargeter's writing style took a little getting used to with the long sentences, but once you slow down and really savor the words it's quite beautiful and almost prose-like. And there are some excellent quotes throughout, my favorite being:"So does the impetus of habit continue to carry us when the heart has ceased to put forth any power or passion"I have thoroughly enjoyed reading The Brothers of Gwynedd....bear in mind that is no light read by an means, however it is an extremely rewarding one! Savor this you would a fine wine! It is well worth the journey!*****Reviews on Book 2-4 will be added here as they are written.*****

  • Penny Linsenmayer
    2019-02-12 03:37

    This quartet of novels covers much of the same ground as Sharon Kay Penman's Welsh Trilogy (Here be Dragons, Falls the Shadow and The Reckoning). In looking at some of the amazon reviews, it seems that if you are a fan of Pargeter's work, you feel compelled to trivialize Penman. For my part, I enjoyed both these authors. Pargeter wrote these novels some decades ago, while Penman's work is somewhat more recent. I think Pargeter devoted more time to military battles and tactics than Penman. In general, Penman's characterization skills are a bit better, though I think Pargeter succeeded far more in making David a truly complex but ultimately sympathetic man. Penman made far more of Simon de Montfort and his family, devoting all of her 2nd book to that aspect of the overall story. I still cannot remember if Penman portrayed David as a childhood friend of Edward IV, but she did write movingly of a friendship between the elder De Montfort sons with Edward IV, which apparently Pargeter did not believe was authentic or chose to leave out.

  • Lady of the Lake
    2019-02-07 22:31

    Well..I am giving it four stars for the historical content..but it would be three stars for the way it has been put together. I think that if I had read this book BEFORE I was spoiled rotten by Sharon Kay Penman's welsh series I may have been able to enjoy this more. But knowing what can be done with these facts as in SKP trilogy I kept comparing and being disappointed. When I first started to read it did take me quite a while to get into the way this is written, the words didn't seem to flow for me.I am glad that I read this but I wouldn't read it again and I would recommend that if you haven't read SKP work yet and plan to read both read this first otherwise you may feel a bit let down.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-05 03:28

    Whewww; what to post?? I am a very proud Cymraes. (Welshwoman) and anything having to do with the land of my own ancestors is something I want to learn about. This book was one I wanted to read for some time now. I didn't realize when I bought it that this was actually several books put into one. (I bought this on my Kindle). If you are familiar with the "odd" old style language of this timeframe, it wont throw you off too much, though I admit; trying to keep track of the different Welsh locations and various people of the Welsh, whose names are at best; difficult to pronounce; will be a bit of a task for some; because it was for me and I would like to think I am fairly good with this at this point; but; as for the book; if you want to get one (or more) good books on the history of Wales; make this one of them. Sadly, like watching that movie about the Titanic; this just doesn't come out with a happy ending. But; it does give you an idea WHY the Welsh were so hard to subdue and why to this very day, though the country has to accept a prince of England as their Prince of Wales; it also shows how proud and independent a nation Wales is, still. This is a long, long book so if you aren't into a book that has well over 800 pages, you may want to try other authors attempts at the history of this country; Sharon Kay Penman has a series on the Welsh dynasty, also not a short read, but not this long either that will be easier to digest, but; I love a good, well written book on my ancestors and yes indeed; I am of Welsh Royals; we are the decendants of the Owens and Tewdrs (Tudors). (I have to give myself five days off reading, as my Kindle was left behind after our truck caught fire on the freeway, in the middle of my book! had to have it sent to me, couldn't wait to get the truck back to dive back into my book. (yes, its that good).

  • Margaret Sankey
    2019-02-20 04:29

    Before I ready this, I read Sharon Penman's treatment of the same period in Here be Dragons, Falls the Shadow and the Reckoning, which are exceptionally good at bringing to life the struggle of the Welsh princes against an expansionist and centralizing English crown under Henry III and Edward I (with a revolutionary interlude by Simon de Montfort), while keeping medieval people medieval in their social and religious beliefs. While the story is strong, Pargeter could never quite make her people flesh and blood for me, which is really a shame because the events are compelling and the story fascinating.

  • Carla Nayland
    2019-01-31 02:16

    Thoughtful and evocative quartet of novels telling the powerful story of Llewellyn ap Griffith, last prince of independent Wales, and his mercurial brother David.Review of Sunrise in the West: of The Dragon At Noonday: of The Hounds of Sunset: of Afterglow and Nightfall:

  • Van Le
    2019-02-01 22:09

    I'm a fan of Sharon Kay Penman, but this is a good version of the story told from the Wales point of view. The writing is superb, took a bit to get used to the style, but very nicely done. Could use more editing as some things didn't convert well from an older version. Saw quite a few Ring Henry instead of King Henry among other such errors.

  • Babakathryn
    2019-01-24 01:24

    My 2nd favorite books of all time (Les Mis #1). Same story as the Sharon Kay Penman books--historical fiction of Wales/England--but more detail, and better writing. Edith Pargeter (Ellis Peters), was English, received many awards for her writing and translating. My words don't do it justice---

  • Aimee
    2019-02-19 01:33

    This book told me so much about myself and the man I love, it was almost spooky in a completely honorable, truly dignified, romantic way. This is my favorite story of all time.

  • Mary Alex
    2019-02-08 03:22

    This is a gorgeous portrayal of 13th century Wales.

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2019-02-21 01:20

    This book consists of 4 books in one.Book 1 Sunrise in The WestLlewelyn, 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.Book 2 The Dragon at NoondayIn this gripping sequel to Sunrise in the West, Wales is gloriously united, while England is torn in two by bloody strife. Book 3 The hounds of SunsetPowerful Prince Llewelyn still treasures his vision of a Wales united against the threat of the English kings. The dream seems near fulfilment until Edward, vigorous, ambitious, and arrogant, takes old Henry's place on the English throne—and more than his share of power. Trouble also looms nearer home, where the youngest of the Welsh brothers, David—blue-eyed, charming, and deadly—is plotting Llewelyn’s downfall. Threatened on all sides, Llewelyn looks for comfort from the beautiful Eleanor de Montfort, the jewel in his crown and the only shining star as night falls on his dreams of power.Book 4 Afterglow and NightfallA Burning Desire for One Country, One Love, and One Legacy That Will Last Forever.I reviewed book one back in May and said that it was a heavy book to read, not cos it's so big, but because the language is a bit dry. And the first book lead up to things where Llewellyn finally got his throne.In the second book there was more strife, and then the third book become more interesting. And this was my favorite part of this book. Llewellyn decided that he would marry Eleanor of Montfort, and he waited almost 15 years for her. 2 or 3 years of their married life she spent in the kings care when he did not want this marriage. But then they finally got to meet, and she had waited too. That is the part I like, they knew they should be together. I wondered if history would have looked differently if he had married 20 years before and had a bunch of kids, one getting away in the end and raising the banner later. I also enjoyed his brother David's story, he was truly handsome and all the women loved him, but at last his grey little mouse for a wife caught him and he loved her fiercely.I think what i would have liked is to see the story through Llewellyn's eyes, instead it was through Samson's eyes, and as the prince's secretary he tells us this story. A rather dry story that seems like a chronicle from the Middle Ages, which is the point, but I would have loved to read a story instead. Now it is rather textbook like at times, well not when Samson mourns the woman he wants.I think this book is for the hardcore Welsh fans, because here you really get the whole story. The brothers fighting each other, fighting the English and then sadly the fall of Wales. The dragon no more. We all know it will end like that, it is no spoiler, there is no principality of Wales. And Llewellyn is called the Last for a reason.I would have liked a family tree, that I do confess, I did a lot of googling while reading this book, trying to see if anyone survived or how many kids they got.For me it was too dry, I couldn't loose myself in the story like with other historical books, and I do love Wales, I mean I smiled big when they mentioned Mur-y-castell. But others do seem to enjoy these books, and they are one thing for sure, rich with a colorful history.Blodeuedd's Cover Corner. You should see the silly hat on one of those guys ;)Reason for reading: From sourcebooksFinal thoughts: An epic story about the struggle for Wales, and a prince that will be remembered forever.

  • Debby Taylor-Lane
    2019-02-02 03:15

    A beautifully written book containing so much detail you cannot help but be present in thirteenth century Wales and walk alongside Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and his kin. Any who love the history in Sharon Kay Penman's Welsh trilogy are sure to enjoy this.

  • Pica
    2019-02-15 04:09

    This story chronicles the 13th century rise and fall of Prince Llewelyn of Gwynedd and his constant desire to create a whole and indivisible nation called Wales, as told by his life-long friend and scribe, Samson. I had a really hard time getting through this book for a number of reasons. The historical background is sound, so far as I can tell, and faithfully recounted, and the style in which it is told resembles that of a true medieval chronicle, but in many ways, the story of Llewelyn and of Wales lacks depth. Whole years and pages go by in big, blocky paragraphs of pure history, with much less dialogue than one might expect. Llewelyn has three brothers with whom he shares an uneasy relationship, but from the title of the series, I would have expected each of them to be a fully-developed, three-dimensional, and above all, sympathetic character. This was not the case. Only David, the youngest, was given any real depth, with his shifting, conflicted loyalties. Even Llewelyn himself lacks something in the way of character. In Samson's eyes, he's almost without human flaw, always doing the right thing, with his one defining characteristic being his absolute devotion to the doomed cause of Wales. There is too much of the political and not enough of the personal for my tastes. The relationships between the brothers (apart from David), the sister, the mother, and the father are defined almost entirely in political terms, and after the first book or so, we never hear from them again. Only Llewelyn's relationship with his wife, Eleanor, and her father, Simon de Montfort, is truly touching and heartrending. Samson, the narrator, is one of the only fully human characters. I would much have preferred to just read Samson's own story: his hopeless love for Cristin, the wife of the slimy Godred, his great friendship and brotherly affection for Llewelyn and David, and his gradual discovery of his own mysterious and troubling heritage. This subplot was what kept me reading, though in many places I found myself skimming over the history to get to it. I sometimes set this book down for months at a time before coming back to it. All told, it took me over a year to prod myself through this weighty tome. Final verdict: Very well-written and historically accurate, but not for everyone.

  • Marie
    2019-01-26 21:30

    No rating on Book One, I couldn't finish it. Basically, it was a total snoooozer for me.The story opens as Samson introduces himself to us, as he is the narrator of the story. He gives us details about his life and his relationships to the brothers of Gwynedd and who they are in relation to Wales. Although what seems to be a very dramatic story, the part about the brothers is slow going. The family chart is helpful because the elders were not fitting into the story properly through Samson's explanations of the heirarchy of Wales. Eventually the elder Gwynedd "fathers" pass away and we left with the four sons of whom the book is focused on. Owen is the eldest, but he is raised in England under King Henry's grace, and is therefore not seen as a true Welshman to the lords there. Llewellyn is the second son who fled England to stay in Wales. These two elder brothers come to arms against each other in regards to the partitioning of land and Owen seems just plain jealous that Llewellyn is more Welsh than he is. Brothers against brothers, and England against Wales is what the story is about. I would have preferred more theatrics and less factual information, as this is full of so many details that I felt bogged down with each page and it was not a pleasure for me. The writing felt stiff and dry, but it is highly possible that I am in the minority here since I have heard only good things about this series. I did enjoy it when it became more personal, and the relationships that the narrator, Samson, had with those around him were what saved the story for me. Otherwise, I would have given up at page 20. Instead I gave up about page 88 of 186 pages of the ARC of the new release. Those readers who have true desire to learn more about Wales and their struggles in the thirteenth century may find this tome to be a delight. The next book is rumored to flow better with improved characterizations, and the series as a whole seems to be a popular read for those who have particular interest in Wales. We shall see. I am not particularly looking forward to it. At all.

  • Mary Norris
    2019-02-16 20:21

    What a book!This is an absorbing tale, well written and superbly told. It's very long but I never got tired of it. Pargeter must have been related to the bards of old!

  • Carolyn
    2019-02-15 02:37

    I tried for over a month to read this. I got to page 84. Not even halfway through the first book.The writing style is archaic, so it is a bit harder to get into. The idea being, I think, that we will lend more credence to the story, if it is written in a way that we presume someone from the period would write. Slightly more modern authors have gotten away from this (thankfully!) because it is much harder to get through. That is not to say this work is any less valid, only that it might turn some people off. In my own case, I want very much to read it, but I can only get through about 20 pages at a time. After that my head starts to hurt and I have to lay down. It feels like I am translating a document from its original Latin.The subject itself is interesting. The four books in this volume follow the life of Llewellyn ap Gruffydd (Llewellyn the last) of Wales. The last Prince of Wales, before it was absorbed into England in 1282. He fought against Henry III and Edward I (of England) to keep Wales independent. Ultimately, he failed. After he was killed in 1282, leaving only an infant daughter, Edward took control of what was left of Wales and named his son Prince of Wales. The title has been reserved for the English heir ever since.If you liked this book, then you probably would NOT like Sharon Kay Penman's Welsh Princes trilogy. The subject is very similar, but SKP's writing is much more modern, and in my own opinion, readable. However, if you are interested in the subject and the politics of England at that time (and just prior), I would recommend them to you, as well as Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick (EC's Lord's of the White Castle also deals with the period, but is not as diligently researched). You might also like Elizabeth Chadwick's William Marshal series, which presents England, and its dealings with Wales, in the century or so prior Llewellyn's birth.

  • LeslieVA
    2019-02-20 22:16

    Ok, the reading of this book was 800 some pages and almost 15 years in the making. I started this on a trip to Florida way back when. Unfortunately it was just far enough on the dull side to make the irritation of holding a chunky paperback unbearable. Now with the kindle removing the physical discomfort of reading this book I was able to press on past the first fifty pages and hope that the rest of the book would spark my interest.I have always loved Edith Pargeter's(Ellis Peters) Brother Cadfael mysteries so I had high hopes for this compilation. I also enjoy this period of history a great deal and was interested to read more from the Welsh perspective of this era. Overall I felt the Brothers of Gwynedd was a worthwhile read. I enjoyed the fictional narrator and his perspective on the factual individuals and historical events he encountered. I did find that it was overly long and was dry in some sections focusing on treaties and law. My other disappointment in the book was Samson's relationship with Cristin and his half brother. In the first section, I felt like this was going to be a major focus of the novel. I became very invested in their relationships. Unfortunately, at some point in the book the relationships fell by the wayside. Maybe it was necessary to keep Samson in the thick of the action while keeping the timeline of events accurate. As the book went on, it began to feel like PArgeter was feeling obligated to throw in scenes with these two additional characters to remind you of them so she could have them play a big role in the end without readers saying "Who the heck are they?!?!?"

  • Alison
    2019-01-31 00:09

    This was my principal reading throughout a recent trip to Wales, including a stay in Snowdonia, where much of the trilogy is set, and travels through the centre/north of Wales, where some of the key battles take place. Read against the background of this gorgeous, sparse and challenging country, the story of Llewellyn and David, and those who flocked with them to try to secure a Welsh kingdom, played and interplayed against the history and geography.Pargeter's book is vastly different in style from the easy-read Brother Cadfael novels. Her attempts at mimicking the slightly-more-roundabout speech patterns of language are variably successful - given the book a sense of a different time and place at the best, and just being irritating and inaccurate at worst (given they were speaking Welsh most of the time and Middle English the rest). The soap-opera laden story she gives the point-of-view character grates enormously, and gave my eyeballs a good flexibility workout.But all this, honestly, feels like quibbling in the face of a truly engaging series of novels, written with passion for the past and the present, a time when a different sort of Wales might have been forged. The books don't shy away totally from some of the questions that raises, whether the Princes Llewellyn's attempts to impose a Norman model of kingship and castles, under the Welsh rather than the English, would have preserved more of Wales than the alternative. But it the love for the land and the people, the sheep and the mountains, that made reading it so rewarding.

  • Jane
    2019-02-04 04:26

    I really wanted to like this book. Once I started, I forced myself to read it through albeit in bits and pieces. With such fascinating material as Llywelyn ap Gruffydd of Wales and his defeat by King Edward of England, I had expected better and was very disappointed. The style was ponderous and turgid; the sentences convoluted, and there was much repetition. Of course, this was several volumes bound as one volume, so I guess repetition was inevitable, meant for those who might read each novel separately. The clerk/narrator was too good to be true. My qualifications for a good novel: 1. Can I see description and action in my mind's eye? 2. Are the characters sympathetic? Can I identify with their emotions and feelings? 3. Does the novel move me in some way? 4. Writing and pacing must be at least satisfactory, in my view. Here the answer was no on all counts. The book did improve as the story progressed, starting out very slowly. I was very impatient with the slow pacing. I consider the Sharon Penman trilogy on the same subject matter far superior.As far as Pargeter, I really liked her The Heaven Tree Trilogy so was disappointed in this.

  • Curtiss
    2019-01-25 00:22

    If you're into "Game of Thrones", try the "Brothers of Gwynedd" series by Edith Pargeter (who wrote the Brother Cadfael series of murder mysteries under the psuedonym Ellis Peters). It is a set of four historical novels set during the border wars between England and Wales in the mid 13th century, during the reigns of Henry III-Edward I and Llewelyn ap Griffith, the last true Prince of Wales.It's a real-life Game of Thrones, albeit with a slower, more deliberate pace, but with plenty of betrayals and slaughter along with a sense of hopeful foreboding due the knowledge of how that conflict turned out in the end. It is written from the first-person point-of-view of a young Welshman who was born on the same day as Llewelyn to Llewelyn's nurse. I'm in the middle of the first book, part of a one-volume compendium. The four individual titles are: "Sunrise in the West", "The Dragon at Noonday", "The Hounds of Sunset", and "Afterglow and Nightfall". It's looking pretty good so far. :-)

  • Cheryl
    2019-02-02 03:28

    Phew -- this was a really dense historical series. I struggled between 3 or 4 stars. I was looking forward to this because while this is one of my favorite historical periods, what is written in historical fiction is typically from the English side of the story rather than the Welsh side and I wanted to know more about the Welsh side. This was obviously very well researched and Edith Pargeter did a really good job with the Samson, the narrator. The primary characters of Llewellyn and David ap Gruffyd I had a little more trouble with and even some of the history just got a little too complex for my feeble brain. I found my mind wandering frequently and having to go back and re-read sections (no mean feat on a Kindle 1). I may go back and re-read this another time when I'm less distracted than I was when reading it this time.

  • G Mcdaniel
    2019-01-20 20:14

    I am very surprised how much I am enjoying this book. I am about 3/4 of the way through. It is written in a narrative style by Samson who is Llewelyn, Prince of Wales' trusted loyal friend and scribe. I normally don't care for that style of writing, but this is truly an exception. By the end of the first chapter, I was hooked. The author has a tremendous descriptive style that paints such a vivid picture, transporting me into the story. As mentioned by other reviewers, I too am a huge fan of Sharon Kay Penman and loved her Welch trilogy, probably the best ever - that being said, this is a different view and style that holds its own. It is well worth reading.

  • Aurelin
    2019-02-03 03:29

    It is really hard to rate this book, I think, by the end I got used to the dry style and well, it was less dry after the de Montforts showed up. However, I can't remember a book I read lately that I wanted to quit reading in the beginning as I did this. The first book is the most difficult, I could not connect to the characters yet but by the end I kind of did.I really wanted to like his book and I did the author's Heavenly Tree series, but it took such a long while to get to a lukewarm liking that I cannot give it a higher rating.I guess my ideal novel of Welsh history of that era would be something in tone between Pargeter's and Penman's. At times one is overly dry, the other too cute.

  • Patricia
    2019-01-27 21:36

    If you are interested in medieval history, and even if you know nothing of Wales or its history, these books are beautiful. Classic use of language can slow you down at first, but once you are into the story, you forget that as it fits the time and the character. There is good factual research of the Princes of Wales and some lovely pictures are painted with words as the story unfolds. The history/story itself is frustrating in many ways but that is true of all of history. My only "dislike" would be that it is told in third person and I prefer to be in the mind of the central character, but what a wonderful read!

  • Donie Nelson
    2019-02-14 23:12

    If you are curious about the history of Wales, this is a good place to start. The author bases her story on historical facts, but it is told in the first person: a Welsh clerk & confidante of the last princes of Wales. If you have only read about Wales from the English pov, then this will be an eye-opener. We saw in BRAVEHEART how Edward I, "The Hammer of Scotland," dealt with dissenters. What happened in Wales was a rehearsal for Scotland. Now I need to read about Wales & Scotland from Edward I's pov. Was he truly such a monster?

  • Lisa
    2019-01-24 00:10

    Four books in one covering the Welsh princes after Llewelyn the Great and the conquest of Wales by Edward. It's really long, but a great historical novel. Told through the eyes of Llewelyn (the Last)'s senechal, this book is well written with obvious thought to factual research. Ellis Peters/Edith Pargeter is one of my favorite authors. This is a slight departure from the Cadfael series, but an excellent read.

  • Julie
    2019-02-07 01:35

    An epic tale of the beginning and end of Wales. One of four brothers, not the oldest and rightful heir, sees what Wales could be. A boy, and then man, of integrity tries his best to make his vision come true, always trying to be fair and just, but putting the nation that could be first. Told through the eyes of his clerk and confidante, this epic journey is full of history, hope, deceit and an England that wants to incorporate Wales. A very interesting and accessible read.

  • Brittney
    2019-01-30 20:30

    Welsh History and their conflicts with England. The characters in this book were so well developed that they feel real to me. I feel like I understand more realistically how it would've been for a king or noble person in medieval times. There was a bit too much history/list of ancestry for my interest and its told from a passive past perspective with tons of foreshadowing that I didn't always appreciate, but still a good read.

  • Toni
    2019-01-31 23:19

    I have to admit, this one bored me to tears - after wading through 300 pages I gave up and skipped to the end to read it. Yes, there was eventually a happy ending, but you have to drag yourself through years and years of detailed political history and I just wasn't up for it. I do really love the main character Samson and appreciate his realistic morality.