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Publisher's Summary

1081. William's bloody conquest is over and Britain is under Norman rule. But one bastion of resistance remains: Wales. A divided land where brother fights brother and kings battle for power. The English use this to further their own ends, and while one king is tempted by an offer he cannot resist, the others wage war over long-forgotten feuds.
Gruffydd Ap Cynan, true heir to the kingdom of Gwynedd, is in exile across the sea. When he hears of the betrayal of the Welsh people by the imposter in his throne, Gruffydd unites with Tewdwr, a monarch deposed by the traitors, and they forge an army from the ashes of their kingdoms. But Tewdwr's wife and daughter - the source of much of the allies' strength - are a weakness their enemies will exploit.
Betrayal, treachery, and war await, but both men know they must fight to the bitter end, when the sundered lands of Wales are drenched... in the blood of kings.
©2015 Kevin M. Ashman (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ronald on 01-12-17

A very entertaining story of Welsh history.

Knowing very little of medieval Welsh history and it's brief nationhood, I found Ashman's tale to be riveting for fans of historical fiction. Mr. Ryan's performance was outstanding and made the audible version come to life. Highly recommended for history buffs looking for a new era to read about.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Andressa W. on 10-29-17

Entertaining historical fiction

This book was a pleasant surprise. It was a clear and informing historical narrative which took me to wind-swept Wales. Why worry about Game of Thrones when our own history has had plenty of intrigue, love and war?

While it was possible to get to know the characters from their actions and speech, I would have liked to delve deeper into them and explore them more. This wish is recurrent in the genre, and not only in this particular book.

I enjoyed the narrator, and even his feminine voices.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-20-15

let down by narration

I'm afraid I didn't like the narrator. There was very little distinction between characters, so it was difficult to keep track of the story, particularly when it was two women or two men speaking. I also think that they should have picked someone better at accents, since the book is full of Welsh and Irish characters. There's a fine line between a Welsh accent sounding like an Indian accent and the narrator crossed it a few times! The story itself was mediocre.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 08-19-17

No thanks.

Could not get into this book at all.
Too many unpronoucable Welsh names for my poor brain.

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