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Reviewed by Thomas Falco for Readers' Favorite
In this piece of non fiction, the writer has presented the life story of Alina de Breos in her fight for the Gower peninsular. It includes important information about her family, Wales and England at that time period - including the famous fight between King Edward II and Queen Isabella. This information is vital in understanding Alina's story and the era that she lived in. It also includes information about the family line of Alina, showing the estate of her family and how it changed through generations before getting to Alina's life - again, more vital information needed to better understand her story.
Though this piece of writing is based on facts, I couldn't help sense a bit of a storyline. Sometimes non fiction can get too caught up in story telling that the underlying facts are put on the backbench but I must stress that while there is an interesting storyline to this piece, the emphasis is on the facts - which is needed in any good non fiction writing. It is a great short piece. The amount of information isn't overwhelming and certainly a good introduction for anybody wanting to research this particular era. The only problem I had as a reader reading this is that there are a lot of 'Williams' in the story (especially at the start). Although it helps keep as much historical detail to the piece, it can be a little hard keeping up with which William is which. But entering this piece with this in mind, it is a wonderful piece that is rich with historical information. It is in fact a great starting point for further research into this field.