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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
The Cold Light of Dawn by Anna Belfrage is set in the period following the crushing of the rebellion led by Henry of Lancaster in 1329, and a semblance of peace seems to settle on the land. But the young king, Edward III, doesn’t find it easy as both Roger Mortimer and Queen Isabella show no sign of relinquishing their power. Adam de Guirande, a man who has grown into who he is now under the auspices of Mortimer, finds himself in a terrible dilemma. To whom should he give his loyalty: to the king whom he is bound to serve by duty or to the man whom he’s grown to love as a master? The Cold Light of Dawn explores this conflict against the backdrop of a powerful royal and historical setting as the reader follows the story of a man caught up in the crossfire. But can he fulfill his duties to the king without breaking the bond with his master?
If you don’t expect a thoughtful and insightful historical thriller, you’ll be blown away by the intensity of the action and the emotional depth of The Cold Light of Dawn, the fourth book in The King’s Greatest Enemy series by Anna Belfrage. The reader easily sinks into the world of the story, reliving historical drama and getting entangled with compelling characters, swept along by the wonderful currents of a cunning plot and the intrigue. Anna Belfrage writes with wisdom and unusual clarity, enriching her prose with vivid descriptions and dialogues that reflect the style and manner of the period against which her story is set. The characters are filled with life, well-fleshed out, and utterly interesting. Here is a rare book in which the classic game of power is shown to advantage; a very satisfactory read.