A Love and Upheaval Story from a Bygone Era

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Love and Upheaval Story from a Bygone Era, February 24, 2013
This review is from: Rose of Gwynedd: The Noble Tribes of Wales (Volume 1) (Paperback)

There should be a unique, new genre invented in order to attempt to classify her writing. Perhaps something like this: history-tales-with-an-erotic-scent. While arousing to some readers, others may find it quite unexpected within the framework of a historical genre, and therefore, perhaps off-putting. So a word of caution to you: beware… Starting with the very first page, you will find a vivid, sensual description of the act of love: “All through the day they’d played much as they always had; yet on this day, something was different. It was a quickened vibrancy, an intense yearning, and a hunger that neither of them had ever realised previously…”

As with all good writing it is evident how much research went into creating this book. The author, Christian Ashley, takes us away to the kingdom of Gwynedd, known to be a place deliciously rich with upheaval and chaos. Such is the birthplace of the heroine of this story, called Rose.

The language is intentionally outdated: “At a great ceremony held in honour of Rose’s long awaited induction into womanhood, Lady Moyrin and Eyevlyn did grant Rose this magical crystal to keep at an alter within her home wherever it may be.” Words are chosen, and sentences crafted in such a way as to impart the impression that this book is a find, a rare find from a bygone era, perhaps unearthed in some quaint, dusty library of ancient text…

A final note about the graphics on the pages of this book. They include illustrations of coat of arms, and maps of the kingdom of Gwynedd from the middle ages. Interspersed with these symbols of war are images of a scarlet rose, dew trembling upon its curved, succulent petals, symbolizing the heroine of the story. Love, at a time of war.

Five stars.

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