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The Edge of Light

(Dark Ages of Britain #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The beautiful Elswyth, Princess of Mercia, is a woman-child already promised to a lord of the realm. Young Prince Alfred, fifth son of King Ethelwulf of Wessex, never dreamed he would don the crown of Britain, though he was destined to become its greatest king. Two headstrong lovers vow to fight to change the world rather than forfeit their passion--in a grand and glorious ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published January 7th 1992 by Onyx (first published 1990)
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Excellent finish to a wonderful Trilogy. A wonderful read, fascinating history. I knew little about Alfred the Great -- the only British monarch ever to carry that title. Incredible finish when it looked like all hope was lost and Alfred managed to carry the day and win the battle for Britain. It's amazing what he accomplished in ways to encourage education as well as on the battlefield.

This book is the third in a trilogy by this author. The first being The Road to Avalonabout King Arthur fight
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance and drama interested in the British early Middle Ages
Shelves: read-in-2012, re-read
Okay, it would have been easier on the eyes if I had found out earlier that Belgrave House had released the ebook edition of this in February, but I was nevertheless very happy to get the hardcover copy (a former library book) and find out whether I remembered this as being better than it is.

No, it's just as good as I thought ^^. Joan Wolf doesn't do totally accurate historical novels (considering this trilogy goes from 6th to 9th century Britain that is not surprising), but she really did her r
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is interesting.I have read Bernard Cornwells version of this period in The Last kingdom.There is a difference of approach in the two books.
This is a more romantic view of Elswyth and Alfred's story and although I enjoyed it a lot,it did not eradicate BC's version of Elswyth the whiney shrew and Alfred the ailing evangelist with irritable bowel syndrome,and Uhtred smashing his way through viking shield walls.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read. True, I didn't like the heroine, found her too out of step with her era as well as far too abrasive. We know a good deal more about Alfred than Arthur [another leg of this trilogy] who is more fairy tale than fact. No doubt there is difficulty writing about larger than life heroes but Alfred comes off OK - he's got the megrims and, it seems, his best ideas came courtesy of his wife Ethel-something. No, I didn't believe it either.
Ashleigh Marks
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Ages of Britain series by Joan Wolf has won my heart over.
Linda Shea
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful trilogy - I think I enjoyed each book a little more than the one before!
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Nov. 20, 2016 I read this over a year ago and can't believe I gave it five stars and did not review it. The reason I am so surprised is that I recently read two books, one from the Saxon standpoint and one from more of the Dane standpoint. King Alfred the Great is in both books as they are from the 9th century also. I remembered Alfred so vividly from this book that I found myself a bit defensive of him when reading those, both of which picture him differently. I realize these authors are all w ...more
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So I really enjoyed this trilogy. I love the first and third book, but am pretty meh about the middle book. Before I start though, there is this somewhat creepy association of the female characters as young and looking child-like and innocent. It's disturbing. Feels somewhat like a sexualisation/fetishisation of the young. The heroines are constantly described as looking slender/young/innocent/pure/child-like. They are outright said to look way younger than their years, looking child-like, being ...more
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is a book club pick, and it's an oldie! So I was actually excited to read this book, because this is about King Alfred of Wessex England back in the year starting 856 (who I knew nothing about). That's right folks...856! I guess there is quite a bit of information on this dude, and the author supports it in the end. Well, the events were fascinating, the execution....Not so much. At least for me. So far most of the people who have read this in my book club are really loving this. For me, th ...more
Diane Adam
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the third novel in the "warrior kings" series by Joan Wolf. The first tells the story of Arthur, the second is about Ceawlin, one of the early Saxon kings and this is the story of Alfred, the only English king to be given the name "the Great". It's excellent: very well written, engaging and informative. The author has done her research and based her novel on what is known about Alfred and his family. It's great to read an enjoyable novel like this and learn stuff at the same time, especi ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in The Dark Ages in England.
So enjoyed this trilogy by Joan Wolf. It started with King Arthur and ended with Alfred the Great. What is so amazing is the events in the last book actually took place! What a king he made! He refused to give into the Danes and even received acknowledgement from the attacking Danish kings on how clever he was as well as a true leader of men who inspired complete loyalty. He is the only monarch of England known as ' the Great '. An grand story. A truly fine king - Alfred the Great, King of Wesse ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical-novel
I read this when it first came out and several times since. I really enjoyed this one. I thought the political intrigue was well done. Again it made me want to read the real history, which I always enjoy.
Chelsea Malcolm
I liked this book a lot. Joan brings fascinating life to history. So I feel like I got a history lesson through a great romantic story. Best "history" book ever.
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The battles and strategies were good but the whole christianity thing spoiled it for me
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My 2nd favorite in the trilogy. The Road to Avalon is my favorite! Wonderful characters, lots of good intrigue and action. I recommend!
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
England, 856-900, King Albert
Barb in Maryland
Alfred the Great is the main character in this fine bit of historical fiction.
Dec 15, 2007 rated it liked it
King Alfred the Great had migraines and married a strong-minded woman!
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Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.

Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. A former English teacher

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