Song Hereafter

1153: Hispania and the Isles of Albion

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
330 Pages
Reviewed on 04/04/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Song Hereafter: 1153: Hispania and the Isles of Albion is a work of historical fiction penned by author Jean Gill and the fourth book in the Troubadours Quartet series. In this stunning finale to a complex tale of European politics, war, love, peace, knights and quests, our troubadours Dragonetz los Pros and Estela de Matin face new intrigues in and outside of their relationship. Dragonetz has been keeping secrets from his lover, but when Queen Alienor offers him a chance to clear his name, Estela joins Dragonetz on the quest to the wild world of Gwalia or twelfth-century Wales. Here the danger level rises for both of them, but their love may just be strong enough to see them through it.

As a fan of ancient Welsh history, it was brilliant to see Gwalia interpreted by another culture coming to visit it, and I applaud author Jean Gill for her excellent historical research surrounding the central romance plot of the novel. Readers seeking high emotional intensity will not be disappointed by the strength of Dragonetz and Estela’s already established relationship, which still undergoes new struggles as Estela asks for more equality and less protection from her troubadour. I found the battle scenes thrilling and well described, and the political and social climate of Europe during this fraught period brings a lot of complexity and intrigue to the tale. Overall, Song Hereafter: 1153: Hispania and the Isles of Albion is an intelligent romance with excellent pacing, sure to please historical fiction fans everywhere.