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Days of Sun and Glory

(The King's Greatest Enemy #2)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  101 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Adam de Guirande has barely survived the aftermath of Roger Mortimer’s rebellion in 1321. When Mortimer manages to escape the Tower and flee to France, anyone who has ever served Mortimer becomes a potential traitor – at least in the eyes of King Edward II and his royal chancellor, Hugh Despenser. Adam must conduct a careful balancing act to keep himself and his family ali ...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published July 28th 2016 by Matador
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I had limited knowledge of King Edward II, Queen Isabelle, and Mortimer before I started to read this book. And, haven't read the first book (yet), but I found myself quickly drawn into the story. I think Anna Belfrage has really captive a turbulent time when you could in a blink of an eye go from being high and powerful to out of favor and the justice could be both swift and deadly. Not even being king could guaranty your safety.

Adam de Guirande helped Mortimer escape in the previous book and n
Jenny Q
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Days of Sun and Glory is the second book in Anna Belfrage's The King's Greatest Enemy series. I enjoyed the first book, In the Shadow of the Storm, though I pointed out a few issues that kept me from rating it higher, and I'm happy to say I enjoyed this book more. It's hard to review books in a series without giving away spoilers from earlier installments, so I am going to skip a detailed plot recap and attempt to avoid major spoilers from both books! Here goes:

At the end of In the Shadow of the
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I didn’t think twice about picking up Anna Belfrage’s Days of Sun and Glory. I’ve read all of Blefrage’s other books and I enjoy her style and tone a great deal. I feel that her stories strike a nice balance between fact and fiction and the depth of her research shows an obvious passion for the history on which her work is based, but it is her representation of people that always stands out in my mind. As an author, she puts
Paula Lofting
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully written love-story-come-historical-intrigue was just the thing to keep me hooked. It has everything a book needs to keep me turning the pages, love, betrayal, conflict, and a fantastic leading lady and man. It is rare for me to give out such praise for a novel these days as it takes a lot to float my boat, but this book deserves the accolade of the maximum stars. Its absolutely awesome.

Set in the 14thc, essentially a love story between the David and Victoria Beckham of the medi
Joan Fallon
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms Belfrage has the knack of capturing your attention and not letting it go until the last page. This fast moving historical novel has it all: a hero who is likeable, loyal and brave with a headstrong wife who will let nothing stand between her and her family, a villain so evil that you would gladly kill him yourself, tender love scenes and ghastly torture. Set in a time of political intrigue and uncertainty, Ms Belfrage leads the reader through a maze of plots and counter-plots to a conclusion ...more
David Baird
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
After reading In the Shadow of the Storm, the first book in The King’s Greatest Enemy series I just couldn’t wait to get to grips with this one.

We are back with Adam and Kit. Adam owes Lord Roger and also the young prince his life and in this tale he’s torn between the two men he cares for.

The story follows perfectly from the first book and instantly you can recall all the events of the previous tale and the injury’s inflicted on Adam at the hands of Hugh Despenser.

Mortimer is out gaining allies
Mercedes Rochelle
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anna Belfrage has cooked up another keep-you-up-all-night book with her second volume in the Kings Greatest Enemy series. I would strongly recommend reading volume one first, or you might lose the subtleties of all the complicated relationships. One thing is for sure, the bad guy is recognizable from the start; Hugh Despenser is the wickedest villain you will ever meet. He only needs to walk into the scene and you know something terrible is going to happen. I tend to be squeamish about a charact ...more
A Holland Reads
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another hit by Anna. There is something about her books that just draw me from the first page and do not let go until the very end. I enjoy the historical aspect of the book and the characters that just come off the pages. You can always tell that the author does her research when writing her books. It shows through in all the little details she adds. There is plenty of intrigue and suspense in this book to keep you interested until the end. Don't be daunted by the length of this book as once yo ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Oh my, contrary to my resolve, I have been sucked into another series. This rips along at a great pace during one of my favorite periods. You can keep the Tudors... give me the 13th-15th centuries any time! And so, now I wait for Book 3.
Clemens Schoonderwoert
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This second book of "The King's Greatest Enemy series" by Anna Belfrage is once again a very entertaining and thrilling story.
At the end of this thrilling book you'll find the historical details concerning this period of history, and these are once more very well researched and wonderfully explained by the author, for you to understand this Royal tale of backstabbing, deceit, war and death during the reign of King Edward II.
Storytelling is of a wonderful quality, for the author again brings ever
Sayara Clair
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written!

Set in the 1300s, Days of Sun and Glory is a story of political intrigue and romance. Anna Belfrage has achieved the perfect balance between these elements in this—the second book of The King's Greatest Enemy Series.

Pondering the amount of research required to create this series, I decided there must have been a great deal of it. It's the rich descriptions and attention to detail that come from painstaking research, that enable the reader to immerse themselves in the story, f
Cindy Woods
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a good book!

This is the second book of the series, and the plot truly thickens. This is such an interesting time in English history which the author has brought to life with fictional characters woven into it. You get a real feel for the political tension of the era. Adam and Kit walk a thin line from day to day and I got a real idea of what life at court must have been like in this very unsettled 14th century era England as everyone is out for themselves. The greed and ambitions of people
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #2 was Incredible!! What a page turner!!!

I didn’t think it could be better then the first but I have to say it truly was! The author, Anna Belfrage is an amazing writer. I can’t put these books down. I have never read a series of any books, but I’m on to the next.

These books have everything to keep you going!! Sex, Violence, intrigue, love, war, Kings & Queens.. I could go on and on. I would tell the whole world 🌎 to read this series but I can definitely tell ALL adults to read it . Yo
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Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Days of Sun & Glory y Anna Belfrage has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award

"Anna is a great writer. So much so that while reading her work, I find myself ‘in the story’ ~ excellent."

"This is a good story and well written. Book 2 begins perfectly after Book 1; good flow."

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Nicky Moxey
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and power...

Set against the historical truth of King Edward and the entangled love he had for Hugh Despenser, the great love that Adam and Kit share is a breath of sanity and reason. And Adam's regard for their young prince shines against the political manoeuvres at court. An enthralling read.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continuing to be hooked

This has to be one of the best historical series I have read. Again I am hooked with the story telling of this wonderful author.
Lori Greenlee
A decent story

I have to admit i forgot the as storyline from the previous novel, but it did come back to me . I like reading about the kings and queens and the fiction that is weaved in it . Kit and her husband Adam and their adventures keep you entertained. I will the next one .
Erin Al-Mehairi
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In writing this review for Anna Belfrage's Days of Sun and Glory (the second book in her new The King's Greatest Enemy medieval history series), I am tasked with deciding how much more can I really say about Anna's writing since I've reviewed her gaining on 10 times now. Her writing is always fast-paced enough to keep a reader turning the page, her pacing and plot(s) flawless, her dialogue authentic and witty, her characters fully dimensional and her research dynamic. It's still the case in Days ...more
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“Unfortunately for Mortimer, he has placed a pup on the throne that will grow into a magnificent hound, and God save whoever comes between him and his bone.”

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Wow! This was 400 pages of court intrigue, heartache, and political agendas. Yet again proving that I would not want to live in the Middle Ages.

If one thing hasn’t changed from that period to present day, it is the personal hope for power and money. It obviously led to corruption in this story
Kathleen Kelly
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Days of Sun and Glory is the continuing story of Adam de Guirande and his wife Kit. Because of Adam's support of Roger Mortimer, he is on the edge of being considered a traitor and is the sworn enemy of Hugh Despenser. King Edward is pretty much at the command of Despenser and because of this not a fan of his people.

Edward II also called Edward of Caernarfon, was King of England from 1307 until he was deposed in January 1327 by Roger Mortimer.

Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord Despenser also referred
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My verdict – ****4.5 stars****
Book II of Ms. Belfrage’s series The King’s Greatest Enemy, is well researched with plenty of historical details that will transport the reader to the 14th century. Ms. Belfrage makes her characters come to life, and if you aren’t cringing with fear every time Hugh Despenser comes on scene, why not?! Evil radiates from that man.

This is a turbulent era in England’s history and even readers unfamiliar with this particular time period will be drawn into the fictional l
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely in love with Anna Belfrage’s novel “Days of Sun & Glory”, which is the second book in The King’s Greatest Enemy Series. It is so well-written and researched, and completely reaches out and grabs and holds the reader’s attention. I wish I had been able to read the first book in the series prior to reading this one, because it’s obvious a lot of interesting adventures happened in that one as well! Although it is the second book in the series, I was able to read it as a standalo ...more
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't think it's a big secret that I am a fan of Anna Belfrage and have been since reading her Graham Saga Series, so it only stands to reason that when she has a new book out I read it right away. Days of Sun and Glory is book two in her The King's Greatest Enemy series and she does a great job of recapping enough to make this book work as a standalone but I highly recommend starting with book one, it's a great series and starting from the beginning will just make the ride more enjoyable.

Marsha Lambert
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Days of Sun and Glory (The King's Greatest Enemy #2) by Anna Belfrage is second in the series featuring Adam de Guirande, former supporter of Roger Mortimer now pledged to the young Prince Edward, and his wife Kit. Covering the aftermath of Mortimer's arrest and escape from the Tower and the devastating fall out from these events for all of Mortimer's supporters, this book is another page turner from Belfrage.

Adam de Guirande has to walk a fine line to deflect any suspicion away from his lo
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am so happy to be have Kit and Adam back in my life! It feels like it's been forever since the last book came out. This is the 10th book I've read by Anna Belfrage and once again it's a winner!

I enjoyed watching Kit and Adam grow into their marriage and create a really solid partnership. There are a lot of highs and lows for them in the story but at the end of the day, they were always still there for each other. I love the little family they've created, not just with their children but with t
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I was first introduced to Anna Belfrage with the Graham Saga Series. It was a fascinating series and I really enjoyed it even though I had not read the entire collection. Belfrage jumps right into another great series with “The King’s Greatest Enemy.” When the story begins the atmosphere is filled with tension. Adam de Guiranda and his wife are awaiting a baby. Adam’s loy
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series and there will be at least a third. It stands alone just fine – while having read the first book in the series enhances the understanding of this book, it can easily be read and enjoyed all on its own. It picks up pretty much where In the Shadow of the Storm left off with Queen Isabella trying to maintain relevance in a court where her husband King Edward II is in thrall to Hugh Despenser. Hugh and his father have been acquiring land, titles and riches with ...more
Jo Barton
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Those who have read book #1 in The King's Greatest Enemy series will be aware of what happened in that first book and of how the story ended, so I'm not going to repeat what has already has gone before except to say that if you haven't read book one , then stop here and make amends.

What I enjoyed about this second book was the way that the continuation of the story followed seamlessly so that there was no confusion of where you are in the events of the time. We meet up again, very quickly, with
Deborah Pickstone
Gee, this series I normally wouldn't find readable - too pat, too many stereotypes - and too much suspension of disbelief, never mind doing it willingly! However, I have read 2 books and still don't enormously want to throw the book's a bit of a mystery to me! Main points annoying me are historical howlers and too much gratuitous sex! (On Valentine's Day, yet).
Cynthia Graham
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Violence and treason lurk everywhere in fourteenth century Europe – from the streets of London and Paris, and even into the Queen’s own chambers. Surrounded by spies and political intrigue, Adam and Kit find themselves in the middle of high stakes political turmoil, where the danger that faces them and their family is very real. Set against this vast background of political posturing is a poignant love story – a love that is threatened by the events that surround them.
Torn between his loyalty to
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Anna was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result she's multilingual and most of her reading is historical- both non-fiction and fiction. Possessed of a lively imagination, she has drawers full of potential stories, all of them set in the past. She was always going to be a writer - or a historian, preferably both. Ideally, Anna ...more

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The King's Greatest Enemy (4 books)
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  • Under the Approaching Dark (The King's Greatest Enemy #3)
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