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Book Review - 1066 What Fates Impose by GK Holloway
1066 What Fates Impose
by GK Holloway
England is in crisis. King Edward has no heir and promises never to produce one. There are no obvious successors available to replace him, but quite a few claimants are eager to take the crown. While power struggles break out between the various factions at court, enemies abroad plot to make England their own. There are raids across the borders with Wales and Scotland.
Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, is seen by many as the one man who can bring stability to the kingdom. He has powerful friends and two women who love him, but he has enemies will stop at nothing to gain power. As 1066 begins, England heads for an uncertain future. It seems even the heavens are against Harold.
Intelligent and courageous, can Harold forge his own destiny – or does he have to bow to what fates impose?
The novel tells of the build up to the battle of Hastings and the rise of Harold to the English throne.
A very well written novel based around historic facts and shows the writers imagination to bring the characters to life as well as adding spice and danger to the story .
As the King of England is on his death bed and no apparent heir this opens a challenge from the feudal lords of the land and the relatives overseas.
The amount of research the author has done into the past creates a truly believable account of the power struggle for the throne. It draws the reader into a time of turmoil and where loyalty is bought by the biggest bidder.
An historic novel full of battles , treachery and treaties that have to be made in order to survive. An in-depth story of possibly one of Britains must unstable periods of English history.
The authors writing and really good explanations of what was going on throughout England and the concessions that were made to maintain the status quo is first rate. A must read for anyone who loves their historic novels.
About the Author
1066 is G K Holloway's debut novel, he is currently working on a sequel to What Fates Impose. When he is not writing he works with his wife in their company. One day he hopes to be a full time writer. The author lives in Bristol with his wife and two children.