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The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
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Jan 03, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

Huge and immensely readable, "The Sunne in Splendour" is the second Sharon Kay Penman book I've enjoyed (I was very disappointed that the second book on Richard I is not yet published--ouch!)

"Sunne" is a terrific book to read on a Nook or Kindle because you can easily take Google tangents to explore more on various characters, battles, places, costumes, whatever. Penman covers these areas neatly, but your interest will be piqued and it's fun to have all that info at your fingertips.

A special pat on the back to the author for her handling of battles. Since rulers in the Middle Ages seemed to spend the majority of their time at war, the endless stream of one fight after another could cause a sort of reader's battle fatigue. SKP is able to make each description different enough that they do not all blend together, with enough tactical details to be interesting. This is a gift--how often do you skim over the battle segments in historical novels because they are cluttered with details or just dull? That won't happen here.

Highly recommended for that time when you really, really want to get into a book and stay there.

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