The Brothers of Gwynedd (Brothers of Gwynedd #1-4)
Llewelyn's burning vision is of one Wales, united against the threat of the English. But before he can achieve his dream, he must first tackle enemies nearer home. All three of his brothers hamper his efforts to create an independent state. The best-loved of the th...more
Part of it may be from telling the story in the first person, thus limiting the story telling to what is observed by tha...more
For this review we will be focusing on the first story: Sunrise in the West, which tells the story of Llewelyn ap Grruffyd (also called Llewelyn the Last) of Wales, grandson to Llewelyn the Great, through the eyes of his clerk, friend and closest confidante Samson. Samson is truly an invaluable narrator with his keen sense of...more
Review of Sunrise in the West: http://www.carlanayland.org/reviews/s...
Review of The Dragon At Noonday: http://www.carlanayland.org/reviews/d...
Review of The Hounds of Sunset: http://www.carlanayland.org/reviews/h...
Review of Afterglow and Nightfall: http://www.carlanayland.org/reviews/a...
Pargeter's book is vastly different in style f...more
Book 1 Sunrise in The West
Llewelyn, prince of Gwynedd, dreams of a Wales united against the English, but first he must combat enemies nearer home. Llewelyn and his brothers—Owen Goch, Rhodri, and David—vie for power among themselves and with the English king, Henry III. Despite the support of his beloved wife, Eleanor, Llewelyn finds himself trapped in a situation where the only solution could be his very downfall.
Book 2 The Dragon at Noonday
In this gripping...more
The writing style is archaic, so it is a bit harder to get into. The idea being, I think, that we will lend more credence to the story, if it is written in a way that we presume someone from the period would write. Slightly more modern authors have gotten away from this (thankfully!) because it is much harder to get through. That is not to say this work is any less valid, only that it might turn some...more
The story opens as Samson introduces himself to us, as he is the narrator of the story. He gives us details about his life and his relationships to the brothers of Gwynedd and who they are in relation to Wales. Although what seems to be a very dramatic story, the part about the brothers is slow going. The family chart is helpful because the elders were not fitting into the story properly through Samson's expl...more
It's a real-life Game of Thrones, albeit with a slower, more deliberate pace, but with plenty of betrayals...more
I really wanted to like his book and I did the author's Heavenly Tree series, but it took such a long while to get to a lukewarm liking t...more
West Midlands Literary Heritage website biography
Novelist. Born September 1913 at Horsehay, Shropshire. Her father was a clerk at a local ironworks. Edith attended Dawley Church of England School and the Coalbrookdale High School for Girls. Through her mother, s...more