The Winter King

Kindle The Winter King The Winter King is one of my favourite historical books of the season When I began reading this book there was a little confusion for me since I came into it in the midst of a

Kindle The Winter King The Winter King is one of my favourite historical books of the season. When I began reading this book, there was a little confusion for me since I came into it in the midst of a series, which I had not originally realised, but soon, the book made perfect sense without having to have read the previous. There are so many things to love about this novel and the characters in it. First of all, the author stays true to the dialogue and speech patterns of her characters from the beginning to the end. Reading this is like getting the juicy secrets of an age gone by directly from the source. Alys Clare is a pro at creating tense situations for her characters and making the reader do their own investigating and contemplating to figure out the mysteries at hand. She doesn't reveal too much at once, ensuring that the excitement stays at the forefront of her reader's mind. I liked the way she portrayed the villains in this book as much as the way she made you trust and have faith in the heroes. Unlikely heroes are always my favourite anyway. This book started out with some excitement and ended the same way. If I had to choose one thing that I didn't love as much about this novel, it would be the way that a lot of the action is recounted through the speech of the narrator and the various characters rather than being experienced first hand. This gave a somewhat blunted view of the happenings, in my opinion. Still, I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to hearing the thoughts of others who read it. Recommended. This review is based in a complimentary digital copy from Netgalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received. . The Winter King is Books All Saint s Eve, 1211 An overweight but wealthy nobleman, desperate for an heir, dies at the celebration feast he s thrown in his own hall A natural death or at the hands of his reluctant new wife Sabin de Gifford, an apothecary and healer of note, is called to examine the body, and concludes that he died of a spasm to the heart But she is troubled, all the same,All Saint s Eve, 1211 An overweight but wealthy nobleman, desperate for an heir, dies at the celebration feast he s thrown in his own hall A natural death or at the hands of his reluctant new wife Sabin de Gifford, an apothecary and healer of note, is called to examine the body, and concludes that he died of a spasm to the heart But she is troubled, all the same, and beset by suspicions Did the man really die of a heart attack Or was something sinister to blame There is only one person Sabin can turn to for help fellow healer Meggie, daughter of Sir Josse d Acquin But what she requires of her is dangerous indeed .. Alys Clare is the pen name used by Elizabeth Harris for the Hawkenlye series of historical mysteries.Alys Clare is the pseudonym of a novelist with some 20 published works to her name Brought up in the countryside close to where the Hawkenlye Novels are set, she went to school in Tonbridge and later studied archaeology at the University of Kent She lives for part of the year in Brittany, in a remote cottage deep in an ancient landscape where many past inhabitants have left their mark on her doorstep are relics that date from the stone circles and dolmens of the Neolithic to the commanderies, chapels and ancient tracks of those infamous warrior monks, the Knights Templar In England, Alys s study overlooks a stretch of parkland which includes a valley with a little spring The waters of this spring are similar in colour and taste to Tunbridge Wells s famous Chalybeat Spring, and it was this that prompted Alys s setting of her fictional Hawkenlye Abbey in the very spot where her own house now stands.. Good Books The Winter King In the autumn of 1211, wealthy lords and barons around Tonbridge are plotting and planning ways to overthrow England's King John. Some are more than willing to even use an old woman who has begun to see visions of the future of the king to stir up resentment against John personally and especially his struggles for power with Pope Innocent. While in a trance Lila speaks of John as being The Winter King. In working for King John, Benedict de Vitre has been brutal and unrelenting in his collection of taxes for the king, making himself wealthy in the process. Could he be skimming money for himself from the taxes he has collected? When de Vitre is found dead at his own feast many people take it for granted he died because of his excessive love of food and wine. After all, he had been warned that his heart might not be able to stand much more of his high living. At least one person, though, is definitely worried. Sabin de Gifford, the wife of the sheriff of Tonbridge, is the apothecary for the town and also a healer, but she will have to have the help of someone with more knowledge to understand what might have actually happened to cause the death of Lord Benedict de Vitre.If you are already a follower of this series of historical mysteries, you will be glad to see all the characters together again. Josse d'Acquin and Helewise, the former abbess of Hawkenlye Abbey, and their entire extended family are at the House in the Woods. Josse is glad to have his daughter Meggie back close at hand. These characters have all played their parts in previous novels and are by now well developed by the author. I liked how the descriptions of the living conditions felt so correct for the period and yet were not so over-emphasized that they overwhelmed the story line. The plotting was tight and the motivations of the characters was easy to understand and be convinced of. This story takes place over a short period of time with the result of multiple deaths and yet those deaths do go toward explaining the actions of several characters. There is an atmosphere of the supernatural connected with Meggie which is quite interesting to find in a mystery novel, but it is kept firmly rooted in her heritage and fits well into the beliefs of this time period.I enjoyed this novel very much because of the excellent writing done by Alys Clare. If you haven't read any other novels by this author, this book is a really good place to start. Even though it is part of a series it is very easy to start here and understand the relationships of all those involved in the story. Of course there is some backstory involved, but the author has done a very good job of integrating the information new readers will need to feel comfortable with their first experience with this set of characters while not causing returning fans to be frustrated by repetition. This novel is definitely recommended if you enjoy historical mysteries of this time period.I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  1. Alys Clare is the pen name used by Elizabeth Harris for the Hawkenlye series of historical mysteries.Alys Clare is the pseudonym of a novelist with some 20 published works to her name Brought up in the countryside close to where the Hawkenlye Novels are set, she went to school in Tonbridge and later studied archaeology at the University of Kent She lives for part of the year in Brittany, in a remote cottage deep in an ancient landscape where many past inhabitants have left their mark on her doorstep are relics that date from the stone circles and dolmens of the Neolithic to the commanderies, chapels and ancient tracks of those infamous warrior monks, the Knights Templar In England, Alys s study overlooks a stretch of parkland which includes a valley with a little spring The waters of this spring are similar in colour and taste to Tunbridge Wells s famous Chalybeat Spring, and it was this that prompted Alys s setting of her fictional Hawkenlye Abbey in the very spot where her own house now stands.

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  1. In the autumn of 1211, wealthy lords and barons around Tonbridge are plotting and planning ways to overthrow England s King John Some are than willing to even use an old woman who has begun to see visions of the future of the king to stir up resentment against John personally and especially his struggles for power with Pope Innocent While in a trance Lila speaks of John as being The Winter King In working for King John, Benedict de Vitre has been brutal and unrelenting in his collection of taxe [...]


  2. Very confusing to read One character had two names, which were used interchangebly sp and it was very hard to keep track of The dialogue was often not clear who was speaking e said Well than one female was in the conversation.which she spoke


  3. The Winter King is one of my favourite historical books of the season When I began reading this book, there was a little confusion for me since I came into it in the midst of a series, which I had not originally realised, but soon, the book made perfect sense without having to have read the previous There are so many things to love about this novel and the characters in it First of all, the author stays true to the dialogue and speech patterns of her characters from the beginning to the end Read [...]


  4. The Winter King is number 15 in the Hawkenlye Mystery series by Alys Clare,and still going strong King John is the Winter King which may allude to his life span, as Lilas of Hammhurt prophecies Lilas flees to the Tunbridge Kent location in fear for her life and we find her in Hawkenlye Abbey.Alys Clare s books have taken us from Queen Eleanor serving as regent for King Richard to King John who has a complicated tie to Helewise and Sir Josse Helewise and Josse have a complex relationship made in [...]


  5. I found the three four story lines confusing, they finally did tie inJosse s daughter Meggie is a Forest Person and when the disgusting husband of an abused timid young wife dies during a feast, Meggie is called in by the local Herbal woman wife of the sheriff to give her opinion.The man was not poisoned as feared but victim of a barely discernible stab wound His wife had been giving him an herbal to keep him impotent as well as taking one to keep her from becoming pregnant, which of course she [...]


  6. Excellent entry in this series of 13th century England during the rule of King John.I have become quite fond of the members of Sir Josse D Aquin s family and, despite the danger that dogs the steps of all people at this treacherous period in history I was happy to find them all hale and safe at the conclusion of this tale An old woman and a simple lay brother are heard to preach visions of the end of the Winter King , King John, who has closed many abbeys and churches, taxed barons and the popul [...]


  7. I like the Medieval mysteries that Alys Clare writes and have read a couple of her other books I enjoy escaping into Clare s world of knights and political subterfuge just for a few hours The winter king in this novel is John, son of Eleanor of Aquitaine Someone has killed one of his knights, and Meggie, a healer and daughter of Sir Josse, is the primary suspect Of course, she is innocent but both the murdered knight s widow and Meggie s friend Sabin, who knows the truth, refuse to support Meggi [...]


  8. Loved it one of my favorite Hawkenlye s Did anyone notice that the dates in the family tree at the beginning are off Ninian was introduced as a child of about seven or eight in book 3 The Tavern in the Morning which was set in 1191, but the family tree in the front of The Winter King says he was born in 1195 That probably should have been 1185


  9. I ve read all of Alys Clare s books, enjoyed them all, some better than others This one was a good rather than a great read, with the first third of the book moving along rapidly, second third slows down, and then a mad dash to the end of the book I miss the Joanna character, Meggie s mom and the love of Josse s life, and keep hoping that Ms Clare finds a way to bring her back.


  10. Maggie is in troubleMaggie is in troubleLays Clare has lost none of her story telling abilities This 13th story in the Hawkenlye series is just as good as the previous ones.


  11. 3.5 stars to be reviewed in the May issue of Historical Novel Society Review A well constructed murder mystery with good attention to historical detail the supernatural element felt a bit out of place, but I m sure that s because I m a newcomer to the series A very entertaining story.





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