Under the Approaching Dark by Anna Belfrage
Publication Date: April 28, 2017
eBook & Paperback; 424 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Adam de Guirande has cause to believe the turbulent times are behind him: Hugh Despenser is dead and Edward II is forced to abdicate in favour of his young son. It is time to look forward, to a bright new world in which the young king, guided by his council, heals his kingdom and restores its greatness. But the turmoil is far from over.
After years of strife, England in the early months of 1327 is a country in need of stability, and many turn with hope towards the new young king, Edward III. But Edward is too young to rule, so instead it is his mother, Queen Isabella, and her lover, Roger Mortimer, who do the actual governing, much to the dislike of barons such as Henry of Lancaster.
In the north, the Scots take advantage of the weakened state of the realm and raid with impunity. Closer to court, it is Mortimer’s increasing powers that cause concerns – both among his enemies, but also for men like Adam, who loves Mortimer dearly, but loves the young king just as much.
When it is announced that Edward II has died in September of 1327, what has so far been a grumble grows into voluble protests against Mortimer. Yet again, the spectre of rebellion haunts the land, and things are further complicated by the reappearance of one of Adam’s personal enemies. Soon enough, he and his beloved wife Kit are fighting for their survival – even more so when Adam is given a task that puts them both in the gravest of dangers.
“The writing is impeccable. The story has everything. Under the Approaching Dark is just perfect in every sense” – Sharon Bennett Connolly, History The Interesting Bits
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My Review: Friends, I have literally been pacing the floor, waiting for the day that I could share this book with you. Most of you know how utterly obsessed I am with English history; specifically the Tudor Era. However, I haven’t studied much of history before the birth of Elizabeth Woodville, and thus was greatly intrigued by the setting of Under the Approaching Dark. The story centers around Adam de Guirande and his wife, Lady Kit in the era of Edward III in the early 1300’s. Adam and Kit and a host of other characters are fictional, but they interact with historical figures throughout the entire book.
This history nerd was hooked. Literally obsessed. I couldn’t put it down! And when I had to put it down (because real life), I was thinking about the characters and their plights.
This book is phenomenal! I haven’t read the first two books in the series yet (though I will be, you can count on that) but it was still pretty easy to pick up the storyline. I was intrigued right away, and fell in love with the characters immediately. I adore the way Anna Belfrage writes. I could so easily picture what she was describing; I could hear the sounds and imagine the sights. I could comfortably step into the characters’ shoes, and experience what they were experiencing. It was such a magnificent escape into another world, with fiction and history weaved together flawlessly.
Bottom Line: Get it. Get the book. Right now. Also get the first two.
About the Author
Anna was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result she’s multilingual and most of her reading is historical- both non-fiction and fiction. Possessed of a lively imagination, she has drawers full of potential stories, all of them set in the past. She was always going to be a writer – or a historian, preferably both. Ideally, Anna aspired to becoming a pioneer time traveller, but science has as yet not advanced to the point of making that possible. Instead she ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for her most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career Anna raised her four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive…
For years she combined a challenging career with four children and the odd snatched moment of writing. Nowadays Anna spends most of her spare time at her writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and she slips away into her imaginary world, with her imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in her life pops his head in to ensure she’s still there.
Other than on her website, www.annabelfrage.com, Anna can mostly be found on her blog, http://annabelfrage.wordpress.com – unless, of course, she is submerged in writing her next novel. You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
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Review at A Book Drunkard
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Review at A Bookaholic Swede
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Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
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Interview at Dianne Ascroft’s Blog
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