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Queen of the Lightning
 
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Queen of the Lightning (Dark Ages of Britian Trilogy #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
It is AD 641. Britain is a land of warring tribes, of small kingdoms that firecely guard their sovereignty. A brave and mighty line of warriors had dwindled to one last princess, heiress to the crown: Riemmelth, Queen of the Lightning. Before he dies, the old king knows he must safeguard Cumbria. And the only way to do that is to marry Riemmelth, his granddaughter, to one ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 1st 1983)
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CLM
Aug 03, 2008 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Krista
Shelves: historicalfiction, uk
After the death of her brother, Riemmelth becomes sole heir to the seventh-century kingdom of Cumbria and finds herself torn between her own desires and the needs of her people.

Outstanding and unusual historical fiction.
Truc
Oct 07, 2016 Truc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
at one point, before her political rivals fake-killed her with mud but after she used a decoy on her wedding night, riemmelth describes how the king played her body like a harp or some such thing. i distinctly remember thinking — i'm way too young for this nonsense.
Tish
Mar 23, 2012 Tish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#2 in Herbert's Northumbrian Trilogy, set in the early 7th C. I loved the first one (Bride of the Spear) and was disappointed that this one didn't pick up where the first one ended, but rather two generations later. That said, Herbert is such a good writer that I got engaged with this new story within the first few pages. Very happy to have #3 waiting in the wings.
Hirondelle
Maybe unfairly forgotten, very unusual ( set in Anglo Saxon England and its nothing to do king Arthur!!) historical fiction. I read it ages ago from a library, but as far as I recall it was very good. ...more
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