Daily Review: The Cold Light of Dawn by Anna Belfrage
December 20, 2018
There is nothing Adam can do but pray and hope that somehow things will work out. Unfortunately, prayers don’t always help.
After Henry of Lancaster’s rebellion has been crushed early in 1329, a restless peace settles over England. However, the young Edward III is no longer content with being his regents’ puppet, no matter that neither Queen Isabella nor Roger Mortimer show any inclination to give up their power.
Caught in between is Adam de Guirande, torn between his loyalty to the young king and that to his former lord, Roger Mortimer.
Edward III is growing up fast. No longer a boy to be manipulated, he resents the power of his mother, Queen Isabella, and Mortimer. His regents show little inclination of handing over their power to him, the rightful king, and Edward suspects they never will unless he forces their hand.
Adam de Guirande is first and foremost Edward’s man, and he too is of the opinion that the young king is capable of ruling on his own. But for Adam siding with his king causes heartache, as he still loves Roger Mortimer, the man who shaped him into who he is.
Inevitably, Edward and his regents march towards a final confrontation. And there is nothing Adam can do but pray and hope that somehow things will work out. Unfortunately, prayers don’t always help.
By Liliana Faura
I have read every single book in this series and have enjoyed every single one of them. All the books provide an incredible history lesson, beginning with King Edward II, Queen Isabella’s and Lord Mortimer’s governing, and in this last book, the establishment of King Edward III reigning period. In every book, there is a lot of political intrigue, betrayal, and deception.
The one constant thing that has prevailed through each book is the unconditional and undying love between the two main characters, Adam and Kit. Yes, they had their ups and downs, their jealousy, but in the end, their love always prevails.
In this book, the character who disappointed me the most was King Edward. Adam risked his life many times to protect the young king, and in return, when Adam needed him the most, the king turned his back on Adam. He allowed his followers to call Adam the ‘lame’ knight’s.
Kit and Adam suffered many losses in this book, they both lost their brothers due to the King’s betrayal. If there is another book in the series, I hope Adam and Kit do not go back to court to be humiliated by the young royal couple who are turning out to be as power hungry as their predecessors.
I loved this book. In fact, it was my favorite of the series. Anna Belfrage has quickly become one of my favorite historical fiction writers, right up there with Elizabeth Chadwick. She brings the time period to blazing life. I couldn’t put this book down!
The continuing relationship between Adam and Kit was well done as usual, but what really had me turning pages was Adam’s divided loyalties. The author handled it with such depth and sensitivity that I really felt for Adam, especially at the end. I was nearly in tears! I also really like the growing importance to the story of King Edward and Queen Philippa. It was fun to see them grow into their titles.
One of the aspects of her books that I like is that Adam and Kit are believable characters for their time period. They are both wonderful and yet are still bound by the strictures of their society.
Even though she wrapped up the story nicely, the author teased that this might not be the end of Adam and Kit. I would love to see what might develop with Adam and Kind Edward. She also hinted at another historical series, which I sincerely hope she does.
I will definitely buy anything Anna Belfrage writes.
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