From the Publisher:
England, 1044. Harold Godwineson, a young, respected Earl, falls in love with an ordinary but beautiful woman. He marries Edyth despite her lack of pedigree, pitting him against his turbulent family and his selfish King, Edward. In France, William, the bastard son of a duke, falls in love with power. Brutal and dangerously smart, William sets his sights on England, finding ambition a difficult lust to conquer.
In 1066, with the old King Edward dying, England falls vulnerable to the winds of fate—and the stubborn will of these two powerful men. In this beautifully crafted tale, Helen Hollick sets aside the propaganda of the Norman Conquest and brings to life the English version of the story of the last Saxon King, revealing his tender love, determination, and proud loyalty, all shattered by the unforgiving needs of a Kingdom. Forced to give up his wife and risk his life for England, the chosen King led his army into the great Battle of Hastings in October 1066 with all the honor and dignity that history remembers of its fallen heroes.
I Am the Chosen King by Helen Hollick has finally been released in the United States, the UK title is Harold the King and is a powerful fictionalised historical account of the events leading up to the Norman Conquests of 1066 as told through the voice of the last Saxon King, King Harold. I Am the Chosen King fits chronologically right after Hollick’s book The Forever Queen, where the reader is introduced to Queen Emma and is reunited with her in I Am the Chosen King. While both books can indeed be read independent of the other, I believe once one reads I Am the Chosen King the reader will want to read Hollick’s other works. Hollick effortlessly takes the reader back to the first half of the eleventh century and makes every character, battle scene, and place vividly come to life. It is quite evident that Hollick has painstakingly researched this time period and in so doing makes the reader feel as though they are right there in the thick of the story. One does not need to be a history buff, nor a fan of history to follow along; Hollick is an expert guide as she painstakingly describes each scene down to the smallest detail. Shut off the phones, order takeaway, and have beverages at hand because once begun, this book is close to impossible to set down. I adored I Am the Chosen King and highly recommend it to all readers, do not be put off by the size of this book for in the end I fancy the reader will have wished it longer.
Helen Hollick lives in northeast London with her husband, daughter and a variety of pets, which include several horses, cats, and two dogs. She has two major interests: Roman/Saxon Britain and the Golden Age of Piracy—the early eighteenth century.
I received a complimentary copy of I Am the Chosen King by Helen Hollick from Sourcebooks. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.