I love historical fiction so I’m delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for The Blood of Kings by Angela King.
The Blood of Kings
1559. A girl arrives in London to search for her brother.
Aalia, an awkward, arrogant teenager plans to bring William to his senses, until she discovers that both their lives are based on a lie. Aalia must unravel a web of secrets but has the weight of her past to contend with. Courageous and undisciplined, Aalia gradually comes to terms with the truth that William, her brother, has royal blood.
Deciding to undermine the men who want to use him as a pawn, Aalia must negotiate a world where secrecy arms the powerful. But unwilling to ask for anyone’s help she is forced into making a fateful decision. Who can she trust when everyone around her is plotting? Is the truth really something worth dying for?
This epic story of secrets and betrayal paints a vivid picture of Elizabethan England and asks questions that span beyond the test of time.
My Review of The Blood of Kings
With Queen Elizabeth on the throne, there are those who feel they have a greater claim.
The Blood of Kings surprised me. It took me quite a while to get into as there are several characters introduced in quick succession who are more fictionalised than I was expecting and I needed to get them clear in my mind.
I thought The Blood of Kings was well constructed. The plot hinges on events and conjecture from the times so that there is a real plausibility to it. As I read I kept thinking, ‘Oh. What if…’ so that the read was very entertaining. There’s so much action that this book would make a smashing film or television series as the narrative twists and turns in dramatic style. The themes of loyalty and betrayal, love and family are universal ones that are so well explored in The Blood of Kings too.
What I think Angel King is most skilled in is the attention to detail. She creates authentic setting to the extent that it is as if you’re there seeing and hearing exactly what the characters see and hear. I could picture so much of her settings extremely clearly and with the realistic dialogue that so well reflects what might have been spoken at the time I feel The Blood of Kings has considerable depth.
The characters are an eclectic mix of real people in history and fictional creations. Aalia’s life is fascinating and I found her feminist attitude very engaging. Reading The Blood of Kings made me glad I wasn’t alive in the Elizabethan era!
Interesting and fast paced, I think lovers of historical fiction will enjoy the new perspectives presented in The Blood of Kings.
About Angela King
Angela King has always loved words and writing. She was born in Wimbledon and always dreamed of becoming a writer, but I came from a long line of practical dreamers who need first to earn a living so went to Medway College of Art in Rochester, to study design, later working as assistant designer to Bruno Stern.
After a series of personal disasters including a terrible car crash for her husband Michael and a fire that burned down their home, Angela and Michael moved to Cumbria where they began working from home. In 2008, two of Angela’s very close friends died, kicking her into action – if she didn’t write her novel soon it might never be written. She joined a couple of local creative writing groups and finally allowed her imagination to run free.
In 2016 Angela had short stories published in three different anthologies: Dark Minds (Bloodhound Books), Happily Never After (C & P Writers) and Dot, Dot, Dot, (Wiza Words).
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