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Posted February 1, 2005
This was outstanding ...
I read this book expecting something that was historically dry. It surpassed my expectations within the first few pages. I thought that it was well written, engaging, and that all of the scenes were appropriate, including those that some would call 'distasteful'. It does show how 'real' people interact without being overtly lewd unlike many now popular TV shows. I rate this 5 stars, it was enjoyable and I look forward to reading more of Judith's books in the future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 2004
Better books out there on this topic...
My time is short and if a book doesn't engage me by the time I have read half of it--I toss it. I didn't finish this book. Although some might enjoy this type of alternative history, I found the magical realm convoluted the story line and the main characters rather predictable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2004
Good idea, but too much unnessecary stuff
i really liked the idea of telling a story from prince john's point of view, and the meshing of history and fantasy. but did there really HAVE to be so many pornographic scenes? i realize that Judith Tarr was trying to emphasize peoples relationships, but there are much more tastefull ways to do that.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
epic fantasy work of alternate history
It is not generally known but on the day that Richard the Lionhearted was crowned King of England, he turned down another crown, which would have bound him to Great Britain in the Old Way. Richard chose the mundane over the mystical, leaving the island vulnerable to the evil spirits on the other side of the veil. <P>An innocent cleric is duped into opening the door to let unholy evil into the world. Only the ruler of Great Britain can close the door. Arslan, born of a Provence lord and a fire spirit is sent to John Lackland in England. John must put on the mantle his brother rejected. Arslan is very persuasive as are the other guardians and John proves his right to use the mystical forces to protect the land. However, he must do it secretly so Richard does not get wind of his plans and think he will try to overthrow him. John, using all the magic at his command, closes the door but the curse is not over yet. Danger lies in the form of Prince Philip of France, the mystical king of his land, who will willingly sacrifice the living to further his ambitions. <P> Judith Tarr has shown a John and Richard unlike those found in Shakespeare or Robin Hood. Using actual historical events, she weaves a different version of their actions during a troubled time. PRIDE OF KINGS is an epic fantasy work of alternate history that thoroughly enchants the reader with a powerful drama, mystical and earthly intrigue (both deadly), and vivid pageantry. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.