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Oswiu: King of Kings

(The Northumbrian Thrones #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  19 reviews
In the third entry chronicling the rise of Christian kings in Britain, Oswald dies and the great pagan king Penda becomes overlord in his place. To stand against the increasingly powerful Penda, Oswiu, king of Bernicia, tries to unite the smaller neighboring kingdoms by marrying a daughter of Deira. But the struggle for power leads Oswiu to order the assassination of the k ...more
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Published January 27th 2017 by Lion Fiction
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Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quality fictional biography of Oswiu, Dark Ages king of Bernicia, one of the early Christian kings. Amazing what the author has done with a mention in Bede--a fully-fleshed novel, with the same excitement of battles and court intrigue, and sometimes wry humor that marked the author's earlier books in the trilogy. The novel brought that whole period to life. I'm glad Bran, Oswald's pet raven, made appearances here; each one marked a turning point in the story.

Most highly recommended.
Matthew Harffy
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In 'Oswiu: King of Kings', Edoardo Albert brings to vivid life the battle for the land and souls of the British people in the seventh century. Albert tells an epic tale of kings and queens, omens and shieldwalls, where the future of a people was decided as much through the guile of its priests as the strength of its warlords.

Edoardo Albert deftly weaves the threads of a memorable cast of characters into the weft and warp of a vibrant tapestry of war, mystery and intrigue. Yet the true strength
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Oh my goodness, I am going to miss this series. Never mind, the paperbacks are all on my shelf anytime a re-read becomes necessary. London based author, archaeologist and journalist Edoardo Albert has bought his Northumbrian Thrones trilogy, encompassing the lives of three seventh century rulers of the Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria to a conclusion in magnificent style, yet not detracting from the known historical facts.

Oswiu was a supporting character in the last book, the younger and
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The story of Oswiu reads like the best of fiction but is rooted in history. It is a beautifully told story, most enjoyable to read, exciting at times, and has expanded my knowledge and understanding of the ‘Dark Ages’. Oswiu brings to a conclusion The Northumbrian Thrones Trilogy in which Edoardo Albert has brought the past alive for me in a way that nothing has before. Reading the trilogy has been like eavesdropping on the lives of those who lived in the north of Britain in seventh century AD. ...more
Theresa Tomlinson
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is such a pleasure to discover more historical fiction inspired by the 6/7th century Anglo-Saxon history. This is the third part in Edoardo Albert's The Northumbrian Thrones series. The previous books told the stories of King Edwin of Northumbria and King Oswald, both of them warriors, but also considered Saints and classical heroes. I have enjoyed all of the books, but found this third part even more gripping and exciting. Oswiu, Oswald's younger brother is flawed, crafty, clever and resourc ...more
The Idle Woman
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this third and (currently) last instalment in The Northumbrian Thrones, the ramifications of Oswald's untimely death spread across the feuding kingdoms of Britain. It is now 642 AD and the unification that seemed within reach during the reign of Edwin has crumbled away. Even Northumbria is no longer united. Oswald's younger brother Oswiu faces a long, hard battle to secure his kingship against the mightiest ruler in the land: Penda, ambitious and ruthless king of Merica. But Oswiu has one adv ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anglo-saxons, fiction
Edoardo Albert manages to create a world into which we can slip unnoticed and watch the lives of kings and those who move around them and take part in their lives, and their decisions of life and death. Of course this is fiction, but well researched and rooted in history, and brilliantly written. Part of a trilogy bringing in a huge amount of research as well as imagination - a marvellous melding of the two which hopefully will be an invitation to many to enter another world. It helped me surviv ...more
Hazel Waite
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A joy

The last in a trilogy of books. Unsustainable. Although an interwoven story it is true to history. Absolutely fascinating and I enjoyed every minute.
Jared Detter
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Edoardo Albert has again outdone himself. He has completed his trilogy with a flourish, leaving the reader wanting to know more about the world his characters find themselves in. I find historical fiction fascinating but none so much as that placed in the Brisith Isles in the middle ages. Albert has taken the scant historical information available to us about this early medieval period and has woven a fascinating, vivid, and believable tale of the battle for survival between kings, kingdoms, and ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Source: Free copy from Kregel
Supplement information included in the book includes an introduction to the characters. An explanation is given for those characters who are historical and those who are fiction. A glossary of Anglo-Saxon terms. A Pronunciation key of the language. A four page synopsis of the previous books in The Northumbrian Thrones.

The story is divided into four parts.
"Part I: Raid
Part II: Family
Part III: Strife
Part IV: Reckoning"

When the story begins it has only been one season
Tricia Preston
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Continuing brilliance!
Following my new rule for my 'tbr' pile, I read this book, the third and final book in the Northumbrian Thrones series, immediately after reading the first two and can only re-itterate that Edoardo manages to achieve the brutal depiction of life in a barbaric age with atmosphere and tension rather than with loads of blood and gore.
This book continues with the history of Northumbria following the killing by Penda and subsequent dismembering for sacrifice of Oswald, the High
Leila Bowers
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This trilogy is one of my favorite pieces of historical fiction - and definitely the best piece of historical fiction I have read from this time period. The characters are rich but still true to the basic source-texts we have, and the plots are likewise dynamic but still faithful. One of my favorite things about Albert's writing is his ability to fairly and fascinatingly balance the dynamic of politics, culture, and the Christianity of late Britain/early England. I enjoyed this book, though - li ...more
Mazzou B
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Having already read and reviewed the author's novels which precede this new book, I was excited to read it. My reviews of the author's first two books are glowing since I greatly enjoyed reading them. This book follows the intricate historical account of Christian kings in Britain, picking up where the second book leaves off. This book is as well written as the others by the author. I am impressed by how Eduardo Albert can know so much historical information and weave it into a fabulous novel wh ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Oswiu: King of Kings
The Northumbrian Thrones #3
By Edoardo Albert

Following the murder of his brother Oswald, Oswiu has taken the throne. But the death of the high king has torn the alliances that had once held the kingdoms together. Add to that treachery and betrayal within his own kingdom and Oswiu has a lot of work to do if he hopes to rebuild his brother's kingdom.

As Oswiu and Penda each manipulate and position themselves to make alliances to strengthen their claims but at the same time the ol
Jill Stanish
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oswiu: King of Kings is the concluding book in a trilogy detailing his ascension to the throne during the Dark Ages (early 400AD). One gets a very clear glimpse of a time of barbaric wars rife with deceit and treachery. When kings made alliances and entrusted their children to foreign kings for the sake of peace. Oswiu's family had forsaken worship of pagan gods and were followers of the one true God. But the pull to return to the familiar gods of their ancestors was an ever present struggle. Es ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
swiu: King of Kings is the conclusion of the Nothumbrian Thrones novels by Edoardo Albert. Oswiu's brother Oswald was recently killed by Penda, king of Mercia, But rumors have spread that the site of Oswald's death has miraculous qualities, healing the sick and injured. His mother Acha urges Oswiu to recover his brother's body, but the new king has few men and little support; wouldn't it be a death mission?
Since this book concludes a trilogy, it is best read after the previous two books, Edwin:
Jo-anne Atkinson
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
A year after the death of his brother, Oswiu carries out a daring raid into enemy territory to reclaim his body. Coming into conflict with Penda of Mercia, Oswiu succeeds in his quest and returns Oswin's remains to his family. However not all Oswiu's advisors are true and, on advice, his sets aside his wife to make a dynastically advantageous marriage. Meanwhile Penda grows ever more strong and a final reckoning between the two is due.

This is the third in Albert's trilogy about the three brother
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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