Release date - October 2016
Book length - 343 pages
Publisher - www.impress-books.co.uk
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
*I want to thank Natalie from Impress Books for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
1093. The three sons of William the Conqueror – Robert Duke of Normandy, William II King of England and Count Henry – fight with each other for control of the Anglo-Norman kingdom created by their father’s conquest.
Meanwhile, Nest ferch Rhys, the daughter of the last independent Welsh king, is captured during the Norman assault of her lands. Raised with her captors, the powerful Montgommery family, Nest is educated to be the wife of Arnulf of Montgommery, in spite of her pre-existing betrothal to a Welsh prince.
Who will Nest marry and can the Welsh rebels oust the Normans?
Daughter of the Last King is the first in the Conquest Trilogy.
CONQUEST - DAUGHTER OF THE LAST KING by Tracey Warr is a richly detailed, historical story of life, love, and power in 11th Century Anglo-Norman kingdom.
When Nest fetch Rhys is nothing but a child, her world and everyone she calls family is destroyed at the hands of the Normans, and she finds herself reduced from a Welsh Princess to a hostage that will be bartered when the time is right. Treated well and embraced by the Montgommery family, her captors, Nest blossoms from a child to a woman in their home, and she struggles with how that affects her. She hates them for what they have done to her family, yet she cares for some of them as they have become the only family she has left. Knowing that she will be married off at some stage, all she can hope for is that she will once again find herself in a position to help her own people and find some peace back where she belongs. But Nest has no idea how many people will yearn to have her, and the lengths that they will go to to get what they want ...
CONQUEST - DAUGHTER OF THE LAST KING by Tracey Warr is not a historical romance but a harsh, realistic, factually-based historical story that will grip you from start to finish. Reading this story I became hooked by the workings of power, the betrayals and lies, and the treatment of women in the King's court, and the author really lets you step back into the past to a much harsher time. I can only imagine the amount of research that was involved in writing such an absorbing historical novel and I doff my hat to the author for succeeding in such a huge task. There are many characters in this book but you soon get the hang of who is who, and I became very invested in what would happen to Nest who has limited options but still portrays a steely strength of spirit that is admirable. With plenty of danger, subterfuge, and shocking revelations, CONQUEST - DAUGHTER OF THE KING by Tracey Warr is an outstanding piece of historical fiction and I eagerly await the next book in this series!!
Tracey Warr's historical novels, Almodis the Peaceweaver, The Viking Hostage, and Conquest: Daughter of the Last King, are published by Impress Books, and based on incidents in the lives of real medieval people. Her writing awards include Author’s Foundation Award, Literature Wales Writer’s Bursary, Rome Film Festival Book Initiative, Santander Research Award, and the Impress Prize for Fiction shortlist.
Her future fiction novella, Meanda, is published as an ebook in English and French.
She also writes on contemporary art and is the editor of The Artist’s Body (Phaidon) and co-editor of Setting the Fell on Fire (Editions North) and Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture (Routledge). Her essays on contemporary artists have been published by Black Dog, Palgrave Macmillan, Merrell/Barbican, Tate, Manchester University Press and Intellect.
She writes articles and reviews for Times Higher Education, Historical Novels Review and The Displaced Nation.
Before becoming a full-time writer she was Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art at Oxford Brookes University and Dartington College of Arts, and Guest Professor at Bauhaus University, Weimar and Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. She is currently teaching art history for St Francis University’s Study Abroad programme in Ambialet, France.
She is a member of the Society of Authors, the Royal Society of Literature and the Historical Novel Society.
For more information:
Website - traceywarrwriting.com
Twitter - twitter.com/TraceyWarr1
Facebook - www.facebook.com/traceywarrhistoricalwriting/?ref=br_rs
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