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Ethelred the King (Lost Tales of Mercia #2)

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"The Lost Tales of Mercia" is a series of ten short stories set in England near the end of the Viking Age. These swashbuckling tales educate and entertain simultaneously. This tale illustrates the scandalous circumstances surrounding Ethelred's rise to power at the age of eleven, and shows why the entire reign of so-called "Ethelred the Unready" seems to have been cursed.
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Published June 20th 2010 by Smashwords, Inc.
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Jul 28, 2010 Sam rated it liked it
The second tale of the Mercia series, this one introduces Ethelred and his half-brother Edward and how the ambitions of Ethelred's mother, Alfryth, leads them down a trail of intrigue, conspiracy and murder and ultimately to some of the bloodiest times in English history. Like the First Tale, it begins in seemly innocent circumstances with one brother inviting the other hunting with him and his men. However suspicions are rapidly raised and ultimately proven correct as the story reaches its clim ...more
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Nov 24, 2010 Karen rated it did not like it
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In this second installment you meet two other boys, of no relation to the previous characters I assume, one who is a young king, the other his disgruntled half brother. The disgruntled brother reads for a while then finds his mother to complain he's hungry. That's about as far as I got. Maybe it's just not my cup of tea, but I had to struggle to get that far and I can't see myself trying to read through the rest of the second installment or the others. Maybe sometime in the future I'll try it ag ...more
Jan 05, 2012 Tash rated it really liked it
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Angela Fearheiley
Jan 27, 2011 Angela Fearheiley rated it it was amazing
Excellent short story. It allows the reader to see why Ethelred became who he did and you saw a look into his "forming" personality. I would highly recommend this book as a "MUST READ" if you plan on reading any of Jayden Woods books. She is a gifted writer and I am amazed each time I open one of her books. May she never stop writing.
Amanda Dorsey
Jan 10, 2012 Amanda Dorsey rated it really liked it
The second Lost Tale of Mercia reveals how Ethered came to the throne -- and showcases just how unready he truly is. The writing is quite good, particularly for Ethelred himself. As short as this story is, the reader has the chance to get to know this unlucky, sad child who is so tremendouslyin over his head.
Aug 29, 2010 Gill rated it really liked it
This tale draws a vivid picture of Ethelred's accession to the Kingship and the influences at work on him. Someone commented it was like watching a movie, and there is something pictorial about Jayden's writing here. I only wish I had been able to access the music track she mentions.
Nov 02, 2011 Jen rated it liked it
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These are fast reads that make me wait to pick up the actual book. I think I may have to buy it sometime soon
Chris The Story Reading Ape
See my review for the 'Lost Tales of Mercia (Lost Tales of Mercia #1-10 omnibus)'
Amanda Noel
Dec 27, 2011 Amanda Noel rated it liked it
Little more exciting than the first story...little longer too. On to the next...
Sep 26, 2011 Bridgett rated it it was amazing
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spellbinding shortstory. I will definitely read more by this author!
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Jayden Woods grew up on a farm in rural Tennessee, then pursued her dreams of film-making in Los Angeles. After receiving a BFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California and working on a primetime TV show, she decided to return to her original passion of writing novels. Since then she has lived in St. Louis with her wonderful husband and three beautiful pets, throwing all her wil ...more
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Lost Tales of Mercia (10 books)
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  • Aydith the Aetheling (Lost Tales of Mercia, #3)
  • Athelward the Historian (Lost Tales of Mercia, #4)
  • Alfgifu the Orphan (Lost Tales of Mercia, #5)
  • Hastings the Hearth Companion (Lost Tales of Mercia, #6)
  • Hildred the Maid (Lost Tales of Mercia, #7)
  • Canute the Viking (Lost Tales of Mercia, #8)
  • Runa the Wife (Lost Tales of Mercia, #9)
  • Edmund the Aetheling (Lost Tales of Mercia, #10)

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