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Sunday 20 March 2016
THE DU LAC CHRONICLES by Mary Anne Yarde
3.5 out of 5 stars 5th century English historical fiction/Romance/YA On Amazon UK HERE On Amazon.com HERE On Goodreads
This novel is British historical fiction set in the 5th Century, with
many fictional characters and places.At the
beginning, Alden du Lac, once king of Cerniw (Cornwall, I believe), has been
captured by the Saxons.
I'd say this is definitely more of a book for teenagers/young adults,
as the characters are of that age, and it's more of a historical (fantasy) romance
than fiction about the historical period in time per se; the focus of the book is the relationship between Alden and
his rebel Saxon saviour, Annis.Although
it's in two 'teen and young adult' categories on Amazon, the blurb does not
make clear that it's aimed at this age group.Note to publisher!
For the most part, it's well written (I found myself thinking 'oh
good' when I started reading it), though there were a few instances of bad
English that should have been picked up by a copy editor/proofreader.But on the whole it's very well presented
There's a fair bit of good atmospheric detail and the characters are
sufficiently convincing, Annis being one of those great role models for girls, but
I'd say it's for lovers of history based escapism (of which it is a good
example) rather than the reader of serious histfic.If you're a young reader of the former, I'm
sure you'll love it!