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The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar by Kim Rendfeld
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Jul 21, 2014

it was amazing
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I love it that this book tells the story of a peasant family. I've been reading historical fiction since I was a child, and I've reached the conclusion that the inevitable kings and queens are probably not the people with the most interesting lives, or the most meaningful stories. So this refreshingly original novel struck a chord with me. It's a tale with no shortage of action, danger, and romantic love, but at its heart it is a story of strong family ties and the courage and resourcefulness of one woman, Leova, who will do anything to protect her beloved children. As such, it's a story modern readers can relate to, despite its long-ago setting.

The author's thorough research deepens the story and makes both characters and setting feel very real and authentic. Charlemagne's reign is unfamiliar territory to many, but this book illuminates the time without burying the reader in unnecessary details. There's plenty of solid information here, but it is all presented subtly, as an integral part of the story.

I heartily recommend this deeply satisfying book.
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Tinney I love it that this book tells the story of a peasant family. I've been reading historical fiction since I was a child, and I've reached the conclusion that the inevitable kings and queens are probably not the people with the most interesting lives, or the most meaningful stories. So this refreshingly original novel struck a chord with me. It's a tale with no shortage of action, danger, and romantic love, but at its heart it is a story of strong family ties and the courage and resourcefulness of one woman, Leova, who will do anything to protect her beloved children. As such, it's a story modern readers can relate to, despite its long-ago setting.

The author's thorough research deepens the story and makes both characters and setting feel very real and authentic. Charlemagne's reign is unfamiliar territory to many, but this book illuminates the time without burying the reader in unnecessary details. There's plenty of solid information here, but it is all presented subtly, as an integral part of the story.

I heartily recommend this deeply satisfying book.


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