I Am the Chosen King (The Saxon Series #2)
In this beautifully crafted tale, Harold Godwinesson, the last Saxon King of England, is a respected, quick-witted man both vulnerable and strong, honorable and loving-and yet, in the end, only human. After the political turmoil and battles leading up to 1066, we all know William the Conquerer takes England. But Helen Hollick will have readers at the edge of their seats, h...more
I knew how this book was going to end. Even still, even knowing, I found myself turning the pages as it reached the conclusion hoping for a different result. Ms. Hollick writes a tale of Harold that had me rooting for him and wanting him to live. But alas, all students of history know that England lost its King that day and the memory of the date of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 remains.
This is the second book by Ms. Hollick I have had the good fortune to read; my first was The Forever Qu ...more
As with the first book, I felt that too much time was spent on details and events that did not seem to add to much to moving the ...more
Every once in awhile a real gem comes along and you are swept away on a timeless journey. I was captured by the first page and held spell bound until the very end. Helen Hollick is truly a remarkable author with a gifted talent for exceptional and superior writing. The entire book flows along smoothly with many strong characters and scenes written in such a lovely poetic description providing the sensation of being right there in the midst of it all. Beginning in the year 104 ...more
However, she is apt to lecture her readers and makes historical errors so laughable that I....er....laugh. Forever Queen was rather bad and her Arthur series finished me off as a reader, as all but one of the characters (which one??? H ...more
Harold Godwinesson is the son of Earl Godwin of Wessex. In his youth he falls in love with a beautiful woman, Edyth and takes her as his handfast wife. Because he knows that in the future he must make a alliance and get a wife in a Christian ceremony. We follow his life as he becomes Earl of East Anglia, as his sister Edith marries Edward (the confessor), as he fig ...more
I can't believe how admirable both of Harold's wiv ...more
Harold is certainly the hero of the story but what really makes this book interesting is watching all the intricate relationships between all the ...more
I Am The Chosen King took me a lot longer to read than The Forever Queen and like many weighty historical fiction novels, I think it's best read when you have large chunks of time to devote to the experience. Due only to reading time constraints I wasn't as quick to fall in love with this ...more
Published March 2011
Trade paperback, 592 pages
Reviewed by Sandra
The Battle of Hastings, also known as the Norman invasion of Britain or the Norman Conquest, is familiar terrain to history buffs. I Am the Chosen King is essentially the lead-up to it as the book covers the years from 1043 to 1066 A.D. Viking raids still occur and Edward the Confessor, of Westminster Abbey fame, sits on the throne of England.
I found the ...more
The horrid Duke William of Normandy wants England for himself. So he invades England which leads up to the Battle of Hastings. Needless to say ...more
Like Beethoven’s Symphony Number 7, I am the Chosen King starts out quiet and touching and then slowly, almost without you reali ...more
The story itself is fine, but I didn't love it. It is interesting to read about Harold though, so I would recommend it to someone interested in him (although I ...more
Harold is loving but driven, Edward is kind to children but mercurial and childish himself. William is committed and driven by revenge.
I have my own perso ...more
Hollick did a great job bringing these figures to life. I liked how conflicted Harold was about his duties as a nobleman, and later as king. Edward was pathetic and unlikeable, but you also had to feel a little sorry for him for being so completely ill equipped to be a good king. Edyth Swanneck was a wonderfully strong woma ...more