Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Coalition of Lions (The Lion Hunters, #2)” as Want to Read:
A Coalition of Lions (The Lion Hunters, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Coalition of Lions

(The Lion Hunters #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  448 ratings  ·  73 reviews
After the death of virtually all of her family in the battle of Camlan, Goewin, Princess of Britain, daughter of the High King Artos, makes a desperate journey to African Aksum, to meet with Constantine, the British ambassador and her fiance. But Aksum is undergoing political turmoil, and Goewin's relationship with its ambassador to Britain makes her position more than pre ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published August 19th 2004 by Firebirds (first published April 14th 2003)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Coalition of Lions, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Coalition of Lions

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.80  · 
Rating details
 ·  448 ratings  ·  73 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Chachic
I gave this book and The Winter Prince which comes before it four stars as they just were not five star reads for me - but the books together and my interest in reading the next ones are reaching toward a five star series. I can not really put my finger on just what draws me in to them as the writing is different than anything else I have read. The relationship between Medraut and his half brother Lleu is one burned into my brain and when a book does that, it's great writing. But that is the pre ...more
wanderer (Para)
Still in a slump, so here's another half-review.

Goewin, Princess of Britain, fled the political mess the ending of the previous book caused, and went to Ethiopia to meet the ambassador she's betrothed to and hopefully resolve the issue of succession. Of course, she soon finds herself entangled in political intrigue.

This book is completely different from The Winter Prince - different protagonist, different setting, different story. I think this is why I have waited so long to continue the series
Maya Chhabra
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sequel to The Winter Prince, though focusing on a different protagonist. The first-person voice is beautiful and gripping, but without the tension and darkness that make The Winter Prince unique.

I was nervous after the first few pages, where most of the characters from the previous book are killed off, but
(view spoiler)

and if I hadn't known that going in, I wouldn't have continued.

Unusually, this is a book without a villain- there are antagon
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I was warned this one won't be as good as the first and the third books, but it's still good - complex, touching, beautifully crafted. Book 3 is on its way already.
Kim (magicsandwiches) Lawyer
If you haven't read Elizabeth Wein, get thee to a library or a bookstore and pick up her books! The writing is PAINFULLY good in every way. Some people complain that they are too advanced for middle school readers and they may be right, depending on the reader. These are complex and intense stories filled with carefully plotted intrigue, suspenseful action, and deeply satisfying dialogue. GAH. The dialogue alone makes these worth reading, but everything else is there too. In addition, the writin ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm continuing to enjoy Wein's prose and the way she tells a story. The characters were well done, but I enjoy her style of writing more than anything. There is a in between parts. It reminds me of the negative space in art (and how that is just as important and part of the picture as the subject). Hope that makes sense.

Looking forward to reading more of her work.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic! I love Goewin and I liked that this book focused on her. It is written with the same care and artistry as the first book. It is historically accurate (or as much as it can be) and is an intriguing story that held me fascinated till the end. (3/23/2016)

Updated REVIEW 4/28/2018

I re-read this for the first time and it struck me as bearing many similarities to The Black Panther movie that recently came out. Probably because of this book's setting, Aksum, an ancient Ethiopian
Nov 17, 2010 rated it liked it
This series is keeping me wanting to read more so far, but I'm exremely disappointed with the lack of romance... While this book has a bit of a love triangle going on, nothing is resolved by the end of the book and I had hoped that Constantine and Goewin might get together, despite everything, because their relationship is just so much more interesting than Priamos and Goewin's relationship... Maybe that's because Priamos and Goewin have been friends for ages from the start of the book while Con ...more
A Coalition of Lions is quite different to The Winter Prince. The narration is straight first person, by Goewin, and it's set after the fall of Artos' kingdom. This one explores the role of women in this world better, and is quite empowering to Goewin, which was nice. The decision to include a non-canonical daughter for Arthur is quite a bold one, as is following her after her father's death, and her attempts to do her best for Britain as though she were its queen.

That, and Medraut's continued l
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, africa, ya
Despite my doubts when reading the synopsis, my determination to read everything by Elizabeth Wein ever still stands. Maybe "A Coalition of Lions" wasn't as gloriously dazzling as "The Winter Prince," but it wasn't as dark, either. Just enough hints of terrible things to keep things interesting, and I'm not one to complain about an extra dose of political tension. But the excellent psychological portraits and eloquent writing remain.
While TWP had me wondering, "What's the deal with Aksum?," ACoL
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, fans of the Mists of Avalon, fans of Mary Renault
Well, Elizabeth Wein is a genius and everyone should read her. Wonderful second installment in the Lion Hunters Cycle.

She writes people who are real, lovable, fallible, ambitious. And she does her homework and research, too. I particularly love that she doesn't write like white Europe was the only thing going on at the time when honestly, it was pretty backward during the Dark Ages.

Anyway. Read Wein. Great for fans of Megan Whalen Turner desperately looking for something similar.
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
The survivors of the end of the reign of King Arthur take refuge at the court of the Ethiopian emperor (the author has been to Ethiopia and it shows); lions, clever youngsters (Telemakos reminds me of Megan Whelan Turner’s Eugenides in younger years); a long-time mute survivor of the last battle for Arthur's reign, Goewin as British ambassador trying to manoeuvre politics to do what’s best for her country; finding love in unexpected places; political sacrifices and honour upheld;
Sherwood Smith
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This story continues with the tale of small Telemakos, though it's from the point of view of Goewin, whose father (the king of Britain) has died, and she is sent off to be married. The book is so strong when she and Telemakos meet.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I admit I was a bit upset until page 132, when my favorite character from The Winter Prince showed up and I literally breathed a huge sigh of relief. Absolutely incredible.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting Authorian side-story. Apparently I came in the middle of things, as this is the second of a trilogy, but each seems to stand on its own. I liked the main character -- authentic to her time, yet fully realized and capable.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this one a bit less than the winter prince. It was so heavy on the politics it seemed I couldn't develop much empathy for the characters. But still, so very good.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Very different direction for an “Arthurian legend” story, taking place in Africa. An easy read, no complaints but not all that gripping or memorable. Good enough that I will continue the series.
Within the first few pages, I almost wanted to stop reading, not through any fault of the author, but because the opening chapter comes as a shock if you've just finished reading The Winter Prince.(view spoiler) Fortunately, for the rest of the book, I suffered the opposite problem: not being able to put it down!

Although A Coalition of Lions is the second book in Elizabeth Wein’s Lion Hunter series, it can be read on its own. Following the
Lindsey Duncan
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-fantasy
The quasi-historical story of the daughter of King Arthur, A Coalition of Lions sends its heroine, Goewin, to Africa and Aksum to face a perilous political situation and a hostile would-be bridegroom. My initial impression of this novel was negative for a reason that was only partly the fault of the writing: nowhere on the book does it clearly indicate that this is the second novel of a series, so when the first several pages were consumed by a rapidfire, rather dry summary of what had gone befo ...more
Verity Brown
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

If you're expecting more Arthurian legend, after reading The Winter Prince, this isn't the book for you. Indeed, considering how this book opens (with Artos and most of his family dead) it's difficult to figure out how Arthurian legend ever came to be. But if you're good with following Goewin (Artos's daughter) to another amazing 6th century place, the Ethiopian kingdom of Aksum, this is a fascinating sequel.

Goewin is in a difficult position throughout this book. Although she is technically High
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
The book takes place in the 6th century. It is about an alliance between Britain and present day Ethiopia. Artos, the high King of Britain is killed along with his sons. His daughter, Goewin, escapes with the Ambassador from Africa and they return to his homeland. There the British Ambassador is ruling in the place of the young African ruler. He is betrothed to Goewin. Goewin finds she has a nephew there. The young boy is the son of her brother. There is a question of who will now rule Britain. ...more
This was kind of a weird one for me. While I enjoyed it enough, not a single scene took place in Britain. Instead it follows Goewin (a made up addition to King Arthur's court; his daughter, in this case) to what is present day Ethiopia and Eritrea. The setting wasn't fully explained, I felt, and most of the book revolved around political maneuvers of characters we don't know. I didn't really care about the resolution of these maneuvers, but at the same time, I really liked the characters in the ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Whaaaat?! DUDE! What a book! Way better and more enjoyable to read than The Winter Prince. And more enjoyable because they didn't stick the weirdness of relations she had in the previous book. The Winter Prince is more like a prequel to this book, they do refer to it but I think there is no real need to read it to understand this one.
The writing once again is just the BOMB! In my personal opinion her writing exceeds that of other books that are named the "classics". At first I was thinkin
Maureen E
I think the most important thing to say about these books is that they’re not The Winter Prince. They certainly build off of that story, and I would most definitely read it first. But The Winter Prince is one of those books that I don’t think you could write a real sequel to. Nonetheles, A Coalition of Lions and The Sunbird are both fascinating and well-written. Telemakos is a wonderful character who’s reminding me more and more of Megan Whalen Turner’s Gen. I’ve got the next one ordered and I c ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Lion Hunters #2

So close to a five-star rating ... consider it 4+

*A strong female character yet one bound by the times in which she lives - in other words, realistic. Who governs after Artos (King Arthur) dies in battle? Goewin herself - Artos' daughter - can't rule in the patriarchal society of sixth century Britain. She flees to Aksum and Artos' heir, also her betrothed. Goewin wields what power she possesses to influence events. She learns that carefully considering the ramification
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary, children-ya
The oddest novel I ever read. A mixture of historical fiction and modern political satire, it takes you into a the royal and ancient Ethiopian kingdom of Aksum. It's a little difficult to read, but it is intelligent and compact prose. The idea for the novel came from the civil war between Eritrea and Ethiopia and the involvement with the British government. Some archaeological evidence suggests that the Celtic Brits were in Ethiopia long before colonialism. Another thing that makes this novel st ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Enormously interesting, and -- sometimes, and surprisingly -- incredibly moving. This is a very beautiful, delicate study of first love, which is also filled with political intrigue, adventure, lions, secret passages, twists, adventure, comedy, tragedy....and the most amazing characters.

I don't know how Elizabeth Wein can do everything she does in so few words -- and I also don't know how she can always make me cry.

I thought this was a great book -- it wouldn't be everybody's cup of tea (or cof
"The Winter Prince" was one of the very first YA books that I ever read -- it can't have been too long after it was published, and Elizabeth Wein was one of the first authors I ever got in contact with. I've been deeply vested in Medraut's story for a long time, and when I finally heard that there was going to be a sequel, I was elated. Although I was thrilled to see the progression of the story, I was a little disappointed in the voice of Goewin. It's not that I don't like the way she writes, b ...more
Courtney Schafer
Sequel to The Winter Prince, this one leaves Medraut (Mordred) behind to focus on his half-sister Goewin, and shifts locations from Britain to Africa. I was a bit taken aback by the abruptness of the story's start and the told-not-shown event that inspired Goewin to leave Britain; it felt like Medraut's whole struggle in the first book was ultimately for nothing. But that's not truly the case, and Wein doesn't abandon the emotional repercussions from the events immediately preceding Goewin's jou ...more
Most books based on the Arthurian legend end with the death of Arthur or soon after. This book starts there. Tormented with guilt for starting the battle by pulling his sword to kill an adder, Medraut has disappeared and is presumed dead. Arthur's son Lleu (introduced in Wein's previous book The Winter Prince) is also dead. And Goewin, Arthur's daughter, cannot inherit the crown. The next in line is her cousin Constantine who is serving as British ambassador to the African country of Aksum (now ...more
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Frontier Wolf
  • The Prize in the Game (Tir Tanagiri #3)
  • Lord Kirkle's Money (Beyond the Western Sea, #2)
  • Girl in a Cage (Stuart Quartet, #2)
  • The Oak Above the Kings (The Tales of Arthur, #2)
  • The House on Parchment Street
  • The Hidden Land (The Secret Country, #2)
  • The Chinese Garden
  • The Legend of the King (The Squire's Tales, #10)
  • The Ramsay Scallop
  • The FitzOsbornes at War
  • Chasing Shackleton: Re-creating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival
  • The Road Home (Echo Company, #5)
See similar books…

Other books in the series

The Lion Hunters (5 books)
  • The Winter Prince (The Lion Hunters, #1)
  • The Sunbird (The Lion Hunters, #3)
  • The Lion Hunter (The Lion Hunters, #4)
  • The Empty Kingdom (The Lion Hunters, #5)
“He wept when they told him you were no longer allowed to see him. He WEPT. How much weeping have you done on his account, girl?"

"I wake up screaming every night on his account.”
More quotes…