Eadric the Grasper

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History looks back on Eadric Streona as one of the most villainous men of his time. The BBC History Magazine elected him as the worst Englishman of the 11th century, and many also blame him for the victory of the Vikings over England. Streona means "the grasper," and such was Eadric's character: he clutched for power and money wherever he could. But what most historians fail to consider is that Eadric Streona's primary goal was peace and stability for England. Without contradicting the known facts, "Eadric the ...
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Overview

History looks back on Eadric Streona as one of the most villainous men of his time. The BBC History Magazine elected him as the worst Englishman of the 11th century, and many also blame him for the victory of the Vikings over England. Streona means "the grasper," and such was Eadric's character: he clutched for power and money wherever he could. But what most historians fail to consider is that Eadric Streona's primary goal was peace and stability for England. Without contradicting the known facts, "Eadric the Grasper" presents another conception of this historical figure: he is suave, charming, intelligent, and values peace above all things. If he must put a Viking king on the throne to gain a pleasurable life for himself and his true love, so be it.

Meanwhile, a ruthless vigilante called "the Golden Cross" will do anything necessary to keep the Vikings from the throne. Eadric must pit his wits and sword against the crafty masked figure, but doing so traps him in a dark web of lies and deception. When at last he uncovers the rebel's identity, his entire world will fall apart, and he must face a terrible choice. Can the selfish Eadric Streona sacrifice his own welfare for the sake of another's?

Fans of Bernard Cornwell, Georgette Heyer, Ken Follet ("Pillars of the Earth"), and Baroness Orczy ("The Scarlet Pimpernel") will especially enjoy the style of this swashbuckling historical fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

Self - Ron Friedman
If you had given up finding derring to match do in an exciting historical romance because Sir Walter Scott was dead, weep no more. Eadric the Grasper by Jayden Woods brings homicidal Vikings, ferocious lovers, and frequent murder most foul to brilliant life in literary 3D. Turn away from thy Twitter and grab it.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/115193206 - Lisa Yarde
Many of the characters refer to [Eadric] as a coward, but I never thought of him in that way. If anything, he acted boldly and through astute observation of the swift changes coming to England, he did his best to forge a good life for him and his family. Still, his boldness accompanied a strange and dangerous naiveté that did not allow him to appreciate the full consequences of his actions at times. As in life, Jayden Woods’ Eadric remains a complicated character.
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jayden-woods/eadric-the-grasper/ - Kirkus Discoveries
In the debut of her Sons of Mercia series, Woods tells a ripped-from-the-chronicles story—most of the characters and major events are factual—with an entertaining blend of period realism and Zorro-ish dazzle. She brings to life the violence and skullduggery of the age in exciting scenes of action and intrigue, while vividly rendering the mindsets and motives of this distant era.
Self - Sean Crouch
A surprisingly easy and quick read considering the epic nature of the novel, "Eadric the Grasper" takes the reader through the twisted journey of an intelligent peasant (a swineherd) ... If I was forced to make a comparison, I'd say the book, in theme, feels like the Historical version of the award winning American television show, "Breaking Bad." A good man, forced by situations far beyond his control, makes the the best decisions possible, but they lead him down the dark rabbit hole ...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452862866
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/10/2010
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Jayden Woods is the author's pen name. Jayden is a writing graduate from the University of Southern California and has also lived in Tennessee and Missouri. Jayden wrote nine novels and several screenplays before releasing any work to the public, and began by posting the online webserial, "Lost Tales of Mercia." The historical fiction novel, "Eadric the Grasper," launched October 5, 2010.
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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Love it.

    I'm not done reading it but I hate putting it down. It sort of grates on me with what I would consider....wishy washyness of Eadric bit I assume that is the point. It is nice to get an escape from the everyday. I hope the series continues.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Great book

    :-) GOOD BOOK

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Interesting Read

    The historical records of this time period are foggy at best and remain open to speculation. However, I must admit that I found the Golden Cross to be disconcerting. Yes, there have been warrior queens and women have often fought against invaders to preserve themselves and their families, but I have never heard of one doing so under an alias. I tend to think that it would not happen like that. I did find this book interesting and entertaining. I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. Some improvement in the editing would have reduced coonfusion during the reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2011

    Nice

    A bit depressing, but other than that it was good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Great book

    I was't able to put this down. I loved him and hated him at the same time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Interesting alternate history

    This book is an interesting alternate take on history. The contrast with this story (while using the same facts as used by other authors) shows how differently the same events can be interpreted, and why it's important to remember that history is written by the victors. But, beyond the historical aspect, this is a great story including war, assassination, political struggles, and true love.

    Full disclosure: I won this in a giveaway.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    A Great Read for Lovers of Books Set in the Dark Ages/Middle Ages

    I loved the 10 short stories that built the setting and background of the main characters. A fast read and great hero/villian development. A wonderful lead in to The Forever Queen.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Good engaging historical novel

    The author developed the characters very well. They all played their roles well against a backdrop of intrigue, treachery and medieval politics. I was fascinated to learn that many of the events in the novels are true. An interesting angle on one of the most villianous character in English history. Well done.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Haters

    You+shouldnt+criticize++this+work+out+of+misintrepretation.%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Same+old+story...diifferent+characters.

    I+thought+this+would+be+a+tale+of+bravery+and+battle+during+the+Middle-Ages+in+England%2C+but+turned+out+to+really+be+a+love+story.++Eadric+was+endowed+with+strong+feminine+traits%2C+making+him+an+unlikely+war+hero%2C+but+making+him+seemingly+irresistable+to+women.++You+can+tell+this+is+not+a+story+for+those+looking+for+%22blood+%26+guts.%22++%0A%0AWoods+tells+a+story+that+has+been+told+many+times+before...boy+gets+girl%2C+boy+loses+girl%2C+boy+gets+girl+again%2C+boy+loses+girl+again...The+End.++Dispersed+throughout+this+storyline+are+the+exploits+of+Eadric+in+his+effort+to+outsmart+the+Vikings+and+give+England+lasting+peace.++He+goes+about+it+in+an+unmoralistic+manner+and%2C+therefore%2C+must+pay+with+his+love+for+his+wife%2C+and+his+life.%0A%0AOn+the+whole%2C+I+found+the+book+tedious+to+read+because+the+story+was+uninteresting+to+me.++It+used+many+Old+English+and+Viking+names+for+people%2C+places+and+things+that+had+me+constantly+clicking+for+the+Nook%27s+dictionary%2C+Wikipedia%2C+and+Google%2C+and+used+the+same+languages+for+naming+people.++These+last+two+caused+several+interruptions+in+reading%2C+effectively+disrupting+the+%22flow%22+of+the+story.++Also+regarding+the+old+names%2C+there+were+several+names+quite+similar+to+others+so+some+confusion+occurred+while+I+figured+out+who+was+who.++Additionally%2C+some+sort+of+typo+appeared+about+every+seven+pages+so+I+had+to+stop+to+think+what+the+words+were+supposed+to+be%2C+and+%22night%22+mode+did+not+work+properly+after+the+first+few+pages...instead+of+white+letters+on+dark+background+it+was+black+letters+on+dark+background.%0A%0AOverall%2C+I+did+not+find+this+book+very+enjoyable%2C+but+long+and+tedious+to+read+for+a+short+book.++I+don%27t+think+I+will+continue+the+series+when+the+next+book+comes+out+Sept.+2011.%0A%0ARon+K.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Interesting, but poorly developed characters.

    Let me start by saying that this book was entertaining. I did enjoy it. However, the character development was really lacking. In her effort to fill out the characters and give them depth by relating their inner conflicts, she just made them all seem like wishy washy cowards. Even Eadric, the title character, ostensibly wiley and silver tongued, seemed like a sniveling dolt after th 100th time thinking over his conflicted feelings and yet doing whatever he was going to do anyway. After a strong showing as a spirited character, he never again manages to do anything the least bit brave. Even the proud heroine manages to seem like a simpering, lovesick idiot half the time. A simpering, lovesick idiot who is also a terrible mother. Add this to the 10th grade vocabulary and uneven editing, and I will not likely buy a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2011

    a must read

    LOVED it ~ =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2011

    Excellent!

    I read all the Lost Tales of Mercia, followed by Eadric. Eagerly awaiting Godric!

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