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Reviewed by JJ Phillips for Readers' Favorite
Millie Thom wrote a historical fiction story around the Vikings in Shadow of the Raven (Sons of Kings Book 1). Thom starts the story in the mid ninth century and explains how two kingdoms share a border near the mouth of the Thames. The two kingdoms are the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia. The Norse lands cover Denmark, from the Arctic Circle to the Baltic Sea. The story also journeys to Rome, the holy city, and gives accounts of the Court of Charles the Bald of West Francia. Alfred of Wessex and Eadwulf of Mercia are the sons of the kings. Therefore, they know what is expected of them when they mature and become men. But a series of events during their years of growing up teach each of the boys invaluable lessons, lessons that promise to help them when the time is right.
I really enjoyed Millie Thom’s historical portrayal of kings and their sons in Shadow of the Raven. Many of her characters were historically based and I liked that blend of true and fictionalized characters. The Vikings are an interesting people and Thom did a great job of bringing her characters to life. They felt so real, as if they were really in that time period. I also loved the setting of this story. Again, Thom’s attention to detail was superb. I really felt as if I were there with the characters. She must have done an amazing amount of research to make her story so accurate (or be part Viking herself)!