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The Cross and the Dragon by Kim Rendfeld
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Aug 20, 2012

it was amazing

In Alda, Kim Rendfeld has created a woman who seems genuinely to be of her time, rather than the refugees from the 21st century one often sees populating historical fiction. Alda is intelligent and independent, but shares in the beliefs and prejudices of her culture.

This well-researched novel is filled with rich, evocative descriptions of the natural environment, and the author shows a particular sensitivity to both sound and silence. The reader will come away having learned a great deal about life in Carolingian times – food, medicine, travel, fighting, and much more – as an integral part of the story itself, not just explained to the reader. The author has a gift for giving the reader a sense of time passing: the time a journey takes, the time required to send a message, time to recover from an injury or illness, time spent waiting for news or information.

If you aren't familiar with this time period, you'll appreciate the author's historical note at the end. It's comprehensive, clear, and concise. I hope that Kim Rendfeld will write more novels set in Carolingian times; it's a period underrepresented in historical fiction, and she knows it and writes it well.
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