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Posted September 20, 2010
Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** Generations, wars, kings, and seasons come and go; but Morland Place survives, sparkling and vibrant in prosperous times, dull and enduring in droughty and oppressive times. Politics and religion influence but never totally control life at this grand old estate or the people connected with it. Many of the new generation roam far and wide but Morland Place is their touchstone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The senior John Morland sends his eldest son, John to woo the daughter of Black Will Percy in an effort to gain an alliance with the mighty Lord Percy of Northumberland. He will do whatever it takes to insure Morland Place's future in the English aristocracy. Young John and his entourage are met by the Princeling's pack of dogs and forbidding-looking men. Mary Percy is truly a princeling in her father's eyes since she is his only heir. She's been reared to rule. Unbending, aloof, and beautiful, she enchants John and she, in spite of all her posturing, is in love with John, but only after she realizes he will never expect her to give up her honor, pride, and control does she agree to marry. They ride and rule their wild Scottish estate as one. Theirs is a love unique to that time in history. From their union, only Thomas survives. His role in at Morland Place is unusual.
Lettice, young John's sister, also ends up in Scotland married to a barbaric laird. Her story grabs the attention. She treads a perilous path as her husband works to put Mary, queen of Scots, on the throne of England. The brutality, debauchery, and underhanded dealing keep her life in breathtaking circumstances much of the time.
The other Morland children do not abide by the old ways, much to their father's despair. The changing social mores, religion upheaval, and volatile political activities influence many of their choices. Nanette, the elder John's kinswoman, helps him maneuver through the minefields of politics, religion, and social changes that seem to overwhelm him. Her years at court and her innate intelligence serve Morland Place well. Her adopted son's wife proves to be a challenge in relation to Morland Place, which makes for prime reading.
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles' impeccable historical setting and her incredible descriptions make The Princeling seem so real. Her weaving together so many diverse characters and subplots creates an exquisite, compelling novel about a time in history when change had people forever scrambling to maintain their balance in a world that seemed to tilt at times.
The Princeling, book three of the Morland Dynasty series throbs with life. Courage and love resonant all through the novel just as they do in book one The Foundling and book two The Dark Rose of this series.
Posted September 7, 2010
Another Great Read in this Delightful Morland Dynasty Series
This is the third book in the Morland Dynasty series that I have read - and I have to admit that I am still smitten with both the series and with the writing style of Ms. Harrod-Eagles You can find my reviews of the first two books in the series "The Founding" and "The Dark Rose"on my book blog htp://booksbythewillowtree.blogspot.com under historical fiction. "The Princeling" takes place during the reign of Elizabeth I when the tensions between Protestants and Catholics (the Morland clan) are at their peak. The religious tension of the times does not escape the Morland family where some members have come to embrace the 'new' religion while other family members cling to the faith of their forbears. Ms. Harrod-Eagles keeps the sub-plots intricately and adeptly woven and the fabric of the lives of the Morlands is revealed - replete with a real 'feel' for what life would have been like during this period of spiritual tumult. There are many characters in this book and their lives, through births and deaths, are strongly interwoven - but I did not find it all difficult to follow each family member as they moved through their lives and affected the lives of their family. Some chose to leave the family whilst others remained. One son, William, leaves to pursue a career as an actor in the seedier parts of London. Another son, John, who is the Morland heir, heads North to the Borderlands where he meets and marries Mary, the bold, challenging daughter of cattle lord 'Black' Will Percy. One of the Morland sisters, Lettice - the gentle one of the clan- is married to a pitiless Scots Baron, Lord Hamilton ,who life revolves around the treachery within the Court of Mary, Queen of Scots. Each time I finish a book in this series I am ready to read the next one. In fact I think it would be best if I was, indeed, able to have the whole series on hand - ready to read one after the other. I don't believe that I would become bored with the reading and I know that I could maintain the relationship continuity more easily if I had multiple volumes ready to read on my bedside table. Sourcebooks has done a wonderful job in re-releasing this excellent series. Better covers, nice paper and a good font choice all make the reading even easier. You can see the entire series-to-be on Cynthia Harrod Eagle's website along with more information about the Morland lands and Yahoo discussion group. I am, as you can tell, a real fan of this excellent series. Whilst the characters may be fictitious the history and the 'feel' of these books are based on real happenings, buildings and history, all of which Ms.Harrod-Eagles explains quite well on her website. She also has a handy page that places the volumes of the series in order. I am ready for the next couple of books "The Oak Apple" and "The Black Pearl". Obviously, I highly recommend this series. It's highly addictive!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2013
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