Review: The Tournament

Chronicles of Tania

The Tournament
The Tournament by Matthew Reilly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A light read about a chess tournament in Constantinople that Princess Elizabeth and her tutor Roger Asham supposedly went to which changed her into being the kind of queen she became. It’s totally out of character and voice for these real life people of course, but it was non-the-less a good read. The characters of the sultan, his queen and son, the cardinals and Elsie and Mrs Ponsonby were more realistic.

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Review: Shadows and Strongholds

Chronicles of Tania

Shadows and Strongholds
Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The author has developed a weak character well and made her interesting. Marion is unintelligent and has mental health issues. The author has really developed her voice well and the distorted view of the world through her eyes and feelings is believable. It’s unusual for a weak character to stand out and almost overshadow the stronger protagonists. In this case the protagonists are a moody knight and a the usual fiery medieval heiress. Both of whom were great lead characters. But for me Mad Marion stood out probably because she is different and her self-absorbed naivety caused endless serious battles and loss of lives, ultimately to her own detriment. Her ghost is said to haunt the base of one of Ludlow castle towers…
Hope no one ever meets a character like her in real life though. Everyone has…

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Review: The Marsh King’s Daughter

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The Marsh King's Daughter
The Marsh King’s Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Believe it or not, England used to have an outlaw by the name of ‘Eustace the Monk’, which is just not a cool name for a pirate….! Ah how times change and such a name wouldn’t strike the fear of life into people anymore. People are now more likely to cackle and humiliate the pirate before getting pushed off the gangplank..
This story is about wool and ship merchants and a love triangle. A good read.

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