Eleanor and the Iron King by Julie Daines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source; Received from the publisher to review
Genre: Historical Fiction with Paranormal Elements
Book Description: Eleanor de Lacy is forced into an arranged marriage with her father’s greatest enemy, Brac Goch, the Welsh king. All Eleanor knows of Brac is that he is a ruthless, war hungry man.
Eleanor arrives at the Welsh castle of Bryn Du already expecting the worst. When the ghost of Brac Goch’s first wife appears and warns her that the Welsh king is not to be trusted, all of Eleanor’s fears are confirmed.
As the countdown to her wedding day approaches, Eleanor must figure out who is lying, who is telling the truth, who is loyal, and who is the traitor--and most of all, if she can love an enemy king.
My Thoughts: I loved this book from the very beginning. It is historical fiction with paranormal elements.
Eleanor is forced into an arranged marriage. She is a pawn used by her father to broker a peace agreement with a Welch King, Brac Goch. She has only heard negative things about him from her father. He is a supposed war monger who will do anything and everything to conquer his enemies. Her father is abusive and she fears him and letting down her people more than she does about marrying an enemy.
I love reading about medieval times. This book was the perfect fit for me. The characters were well written with a strong sense of honor and integrity. Brac and Eleanor were two people who come from different view points who have to learn to respect and honor the other. Eleanor had a more difficult time with the situation.
The book also has a ghosts and dealing with witchcraft. Brac's deceased wife haunts the castle and leaves messaged in blood for Eleanor. It's kind of creepy but added an element to the story that intrigued me.
This is a great book about misunderstandings and learning to have respect for people and culture. It is a clean book with a little bit of violence.
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About the Author: Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.
She loves reading, writing, and watching movies—anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her verveine.
She has three published novels and a novella, has won several awards for her writing, and her novel, Unraveled, was a contender for the ALA’s Schneider Award.
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