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The Price of Blood (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy #2)

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Menaced by Vikings and enemies at court, Queen Emma defends her children and her crown in a riveting medieval adventure

Readers first met Emma of Normandy in Patricia Bracewell’s gripping debut novel, Shadow on the Crown. Unwillingly thrust into marriage to England’s King Æthelred, Emma has given the king a son and heir, but theirs has never been a happy marriage. In The P
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 5th 2015 by Viking
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Patricia Bracewell The book can stand on its own, but your reading experience will be enriched (with a deeper understanding of the characters, their motivations and…moreThe book can stand on its own, but your reading experience will be enriched (with a deeper understanding of the characters, their motivations and their relationships) if you've read Shadow on the Crown first.(less)
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Emma of Normandy is best known as the mother of Edward the Confessor despite her own queenly life dramas which are worth noting on their own grounds. Patricia Bracewell returns with the second book in the ‘Emma of Normandy Trilogy’ revisiting Emma, Aethelred the Unready, Athelstan (his eldest son), and the villainous Elgiva in, “The Price of Blood”.

“The Price of Blood” is very similar to “Shadow on a Crown” in terms of structure, style, prose, and essence. Bracewell introduces the cast of chara
I have waited impatiently for the arrival of the second installment of Patricia Bracewell's Emma of Normandy trilogy, and it did not disappoint. A surprisingly brief period of time is covered (1006-1012), leaving much to occur in the final book (or maybe we'll get lucky and get more than a trilogy, fingers crossed). The Price of Blood is action packed, detailing the Viking raids that plagued Aethelred's England during this period.

Using the sparse amount of historical documentation that exists re
Judith Starkston
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bracewell started her series about Queen Emma with her compelling debut Shadow on the Crown. The Price of Blood picks up in 1006 with Emma’s husband King Aethelred mired in suspicions of everyone around him and haunted by the ghost of his dead brother. Aethelred’s primary policy aims to keep all his strongest leaders fighting with each other so that they have no ability to rebel against him. He listens to advice only from the man he knows is willing to commit murder for him—clearly not the couns ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I don't usually read historical fiction, though I do like historical non-fic. But the description of this book intrigued me, so I entered the contest and won. (Happy that I won, btw.)

The story involves the events which happened in England, circa 1006-1012, when Anglo-Saxon kings still ruled. England, however, wasn't a very cohesive country at the time; in fact it was made up of a lot of areas, shires, counties, etc., in which the leading nobles gave a
Rio (Lynne)
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
I enjoyed the first book in this series. This book (obviously book 3 is in the works) could have been cut in half. It started out interesting, but slowly turned repetitive. Instead of page turning Viking battles, we only heard of them through characters complaining they weren't part of the action. The Vikings invading England is a fascinating subject. Those details were non-existent. Instead the author focused on the same 4 themes: Emma (boring in book 2) was always kept away from her husband wh ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B for narration and an A for content at AudioGals, so 4.5 stars

This is the second book in a trilogy about Emma of Normandy who was Queen of England at the beginning of the eleventh century, some decades before the Norman invasion of 1066. This is a little-known period of history and not one often come across in historical fiction, but Patricia Bracewell brings it to vibrant life, skilfully fleshing out historical figures and events to create a compelling and complex story.

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Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is a wonderful second installment to the Emma of Normandy trilogy. I loved Ms. Bracewell's first novel "Shadow on the Crown" and I found her to be an extraordinarily talented writer. Therefore I am thrilled that she has maintained her high standard into her second novel. I loved every minute of this book.
Throughout this novel I faced the ongoing terror of Viking invasion right alongside Emma and the people of England. Within these pages this era of history has been vividly brought to life a
Julianne Douglas
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The second installment of Patricia Bracewell’s Emma of Normandy trilogy, THE PRICE OF BLOOD (Viking, February 5, 2015), expands and deepens the eleventh century world the author so convincingly recreated in 2013’s SHADOW ON THE CROWN. Using the sketchy summary events of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as her warp, Bracewell weaves a richly detailed, compelling tale of ambition, duty, and forbidden love. As does the best historical fiction, THE PRICE OF BLOOD immerses its reader in a milieu replete wit ...more
A wonderful return to the Emma of Normandy series, covering the turbulent early years of the 11th century. This is a harrowing tale, difficult times for all levels of society, including England's queen and princes. Beautifully written.

Renae (Romantic Parvenu)
After the smashing success of Bracewell’s debut novel, Shadow on the Crown, I could hardly expect that she could provide a follow-up that was just as good. But to my absolute satisfaction, The Price of Blood was even better. This is, simply, the best historical fiction I’ve ever read. This author’s portrayal of Emma of Normandy and her Viking-ravaged 11th century England is head and shoulders above anything else I’ve encountered in the genre, and I cannot sing this book’s praises enough.

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Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Price of Blood, by Patricia Bracewell, is the second book in The Emma of Normandy Trilogy. The first book, Shadow on the Crown, followed fifteen year old Emma as she left her homeland of Normandy and everything she knew to marry Aethelred, the haunted King of war torn and pillaged England. Viking invasions were blooding the land and causing much internal strife. The second book picks up in 1006 where Shadow on the Crown leaves off and then ends in 1012. While these books are fiction they are ...more
Jan 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really struggled to read this novel. I have read, and mildly enjoyed, the first in the series, but this sequel just wasn't enjoyable at all, and was lacking in both pace and character-interest.

Long passages broke up chapters that thankfully held a mild tension, but these were just awful reading. Aethelred staring into space as ghosts of his past haunted him and as he looked back on his life. Yet the rest of the book set Aethelred up as the villain. So were we to feel sympathy toward him liste
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars.
The story of Emma of Normandy continues with this second book in the planned trilogy. It's evident that Patricia Bracewell is skilled as a writer and has done her research, so I would also consider her a historian, of sorts. The first book, Shadow on the Crown, was a much faster read for me. So, this book was a disappointment, in that it took more time and careful attention, at a time when I needed more of a distraction. Still, nobody can take away that the book stayed true to the fa
Marsha Lambert
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Price of Blood by Patricia Bracewell is the second book in Bracewell's trilogy about Queen Emma of England. This novel is another excellently researched, gripping read that chronicles the upheavals of early 11th century England.

All of the characters are well written especially King Aethelred and Queen Emma. I really liked how the author chose to write the character of the king and why his personality is the way it is and why he acts the way he acts. Without giving anything away, the king is
4.5* I loved the historical accuracy and the way the author depicted the people, places, events, and the times as a whole. The only reasons I hesitate to award 5* are that the romance between Emma and her stepson felt a little forced and melodramatic, and that the book felt like a transition between the first and last of the trilogy -- it didn't have as much of its own identity. But I did truly like it and I will look forward to the next book.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who is interested in the medieval period & members of royalty of the same period.
When I began reading The Price of Blood by Patricia Bracewell, I did not realize that it is book #2 of a trilogy on Emma of Normandy who was the second queen of Aethelred the Unready whose reign in England (979-1016) was besieged by Vikings who continually would sail to the SE corner of England
(Kent & Sandwich) and begin to 'rape and pillage' as well as burn, kill, steal until the Vikings would demand money. This money or tribute consisted of geld(a tax which was paid to these raider for pea
I was one very lucky fan and reader to meet Patricia at Gladstone's Library in Wales for a day-long writing workshop and she very graciously gave me an ARC of Price of Blood for a priveledged and honest review. Alas I was very naughty and had the book shut away with other books during our house move but, now, a week away from her UK release, I finally got my hands on it and gorged my eyes and imagination on it. Finishing it in 3 days! And here, at long last, is my review:

WOW! In the first book a
Deborah Hilcove
Murder, revenge, ghosts and passion--Patricia Bracewell's second book in the Emma of Normandy trilogy, aptly titled The Price of Blood, captures a dark and turbulent period of English history.

Besieged by perpetual Viking invasions ordered by King Swein Forkbeard, the crops are pillaged, towns burned, women raped and stolen as slaves--sometimes ransomed for huge sums of silver. The royal English court, with its shifting alliances, is likened to "a nest of vipers." The king is weak and offers no
Liz Milner
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Threatened by Vikings and ruled by an unstable and unlucky king, Æthelred, the Unready, the future of England and of Æthelred’s wise and virtuous queen, Emma, looks very bleak in this, the second volume of The Emma of Normandy Trilogy. The tale, which is told from Emma’s point of view, is a riveting, woman-centered adventure story that provides a detailed look at women’s roles in pre-conquest England.

The name “Æthelred,” means “noble counsel” in Old English and Æthelred’s sobriquet, “the unready
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Upon finishing The Shadow on the Crown, I had but one wish: a sequel. I loved that book entirely, but it didn’t feel complete. There were rumors of a sequel, but nothing definitive. Two years later, the sequel finally has come out. The usual questions drifted through my mind about whether it would live up to its predecessor and whether I would still remember enough to care, which, with me, is a real consideration. If, like
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Advanced review copy from publisher via NetGalley. My opinions are my own.

This excellent follow up to Shadow on the Crown manages to be fast paced and exciting without sacrificing character development or scene descriptions.

I am hesitant to say that this series is about Emma of Normandy because while it does greatly involve her, it is much more multidimensional than that. Like it's predecessor, it's told from several points of view which include many
Book Him Danno
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the 1st book in this series and was looking forward to reading this book - here is my review of Shadow on the Crown - Well this book did not disappoint - it is a good book that continues the story of Emma -Queen of England and her family - her children and the King's children as they grow and the country comes under fire from the Danes.

I love her writing and the way she is bringing history to life - I read the disclaimer of sorts at the back of the book about what the author put in as h
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Price of Blood" is the second book in Patricia Bracewell's Emma of Normandy trilogy. In this book, Emma has grown into her own a little bit more. She is still married to King Aethelred. Although, their marriage has really not gotten any better from the first book. She is also a mother and will do anything to make sure that her children are safe.

I continued to really like Emma in this book. Again she shows that even though she's a medieval woman and doesn't have all that much power, she is
Susan Johnson
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
This is the second book in the Queen Emma of Normandy trilogy. Often the middle book of the trilogy is the weakest one but this really holds it's own and could be read as a stand alone. Still, why bother? It's a rich enough series that you don't want to miss a thing.

Emma is married to the ineffectual King Aethelred who is beset by Viking raids. He is also very paranoid and trusts no one. He won't take his own sons into his own confidence and promotes men who don't seem out for the c
Eileen Iciek
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It can be a challenge, looking at historical records from a thousand years ago, trying to imagine the reality of what happened to people during terrible times, but Patricia Bracewell has accomplished that wonderfully in this, the 2nd book in her Emma of Normandy series. 'The Price of Blood' covers the years 1006 to 1012 - years when the Danes did their best to destroy or steal anything of value in England, while its king, Emma's husband Aethelred, struggled fitfully to prevent them. We see Emma ...more
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Price of Blood Book 2
By: Patricia Bracewell February 2015
Historical Fiction Pages. 426
Copy Courtesy of: Good Reads First Reads
Reviewed By: tk

Historical fiction at its absolute best.

While the English try to defeat the Viking armies…you are entering a journey of such magnitude that is not easily forgotten. No one is safe.

An incredible ride through the past. King and Queens, warriors and clergy, mistresses and secrets abound. If you miss this series you will truly have lost an unforgettable r
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 of the Emily of Normandy trilogy. It starts off in England of 1006 and concludes in the year 1012. This historical novel is told mainly from four points of view: Emily, Queen of England; her husband, AEthelred, King of England; Athelstan, the oldest son of King AEthelred; and Elgiva, the only daughter of a rival lord in England. AEthelred mistrusts all around him except one advisor, a conniving man who makes decisions based on his own wealth and power. AEthelred is also tortured b ...more
May 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not so good as Shadow on the Crown

I really enjoyed the first novel in this 3-part series about Emma of Normandy. Emma becomes much less fascinating and much less believable in this second novel, and the novel gets bogged down by the details of the war and the endless second-guessing about what the Danes will do next. The King's visitations from his dead brother also get very tedious. That the man had a tormented mind is probably not unlikely, given what it took for him to bribe off all the vikin
Emma of Normandy is a compelling character and I very much enjoy reading about this time period. The first book in this trilogy was excellent. Unfortunately this installment was very slow. Any action that occurred was described after the fact, via second hand narration. Even when a character has chapters told from his perspective (such as Athelstan), the reader gets told about potentially more gripping events affecting the character later, from another perspective. The action picked up a bit in ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
It took me three tries to finish this book. It suffers from typical middle in a trilogy problems. I found the pacing to be slow and very repetitive, and that the book overall lacked a central plot. The characters all have the same problems, over and over, without a lot of growth or change. Events happened, but none of the four central characters drove anything to happen. The exception is Elgiva, who became my favorite. Emma only become kind of interesting again at the very end of the book. While ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 10 Mar 04, 2015 09:27PM  
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  • The Winter Crown (Eleanor of Aquitaine, #2)
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Patricia Bracewell grew up in Los Angeles where her love of stories led to college degrees in Literature, a career as a high school English teacher, and a yearning to write. She has completed the first two books of her trilogy about the 11th century queen of England, Emma of Normandy, Shadow on the Crown and The Price of Blood, available as books, e-books and audiobooks. She is currently at work o ...more
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  • Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy #1)
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