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From the Publisher"A fast-paced, action-packed start to one of the best Arthurian series written." - Book Loons
"I am looking forward to the next books in the series" - Lazy Habits of Thinking
"Most impressive of all is Hollick's ability to lose the reader in her craft of storytelling. Scenes come alive, jumping off the page and engaging the reader. " - Carpe Libris Reviews
"Readers who enjoy historical romance with a hefty dollop of warfare stirred into a setting of barbaric splendor will find much to relish." - Historical Novels Book Review
"I happened to really enjoy The KingMaking and look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. Grade A+.
" - Musings of a Bibliophile
"With Hollick's imagination, knowledge and apparent passion, the author pulls the reader into the whirl of life, warring, revenge, loyalty and love.
" - Reading Extravaganza
"Helen Hollick has made it pretty clear that she's thrown out the Arthurian legends and attempted to re-imagine this as it really would have been, using the original Welsh poems. I think that's awesome. " - Medieval Bookworm
"The realistic treatment of the subject matter is what sets this book apart. " - Books are my only friends
"Helen Hollick's writing is fantastic and the story is enthralling. " - Peeking Between the Pages
"I found myself drawn back to the text anytime I put it down, anxious to read further, to discover what happened" - A Hoyden's Look at Literature
"This book was both educational and entertaining.
" - Books Ahoy!
"The Kingmaking was an amazing read that any fan of historical fiction will enjoy, even those unfamiliar with Arthurian lore. Despite its size, readers will race through the novel, eager to discover what happens to Arthur and Gwenhwyfar. The only disappointment comes in the fact that it ends.
" - S. Krishna's Books
"A complex story full of intrigue, drama, emotion, and more, I was swept away by the story as Ms. Hollick brought this legendary figure to life.
" - Jennifer's Random Musings
"If you're looking for an engrossing Dark Ages tale with action and romance or you'd simply like to take another look at the legend of Arthur I highly recommend this book! " - RhiReading
"The Kingmaking was a fabulous novel, hard to put down and Helen Hollick's writing is fantastic." - Passages to the Past
"Here you will find rich, multi-layered characters, breathtaking drama and aching sadness. A complex, compelling story and a refreshing look at the origins of a legend.
" - The Tome Traveller
"Hollick has a deep understanding and love of her characters - and one of the most exciting parts about reading the novel is that you can never guess what's going to happen next. Hollick does a tremendous job of keeping the story unpredictable. " - Medieval History, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Writing Fiction
"If readers are engaged by books with intrigue, battles, and strategy, this novel will not disappoint.
" - Savvy Verse and Wit
"A story of human love, hatred, loyalty, betrayal, war and politics." - Carla Nayland's Blog
"Hollick's complex character development, plot pacing, and attention to historical details while any afficianado of Athurian legend should appreciate this original vision of the myth. This is first-rate writing, indeed.
" - A Reader's Respite
"I found Helen Hollick's more realistic approach to this beloved legend refreshing and eye-opening.
" - Library Queue
"If you are looking for an engaging read with great characters and plot, plenty of backstabbing and a dash of romance, you will enjoy this book. " - The Bookworm
"Lots of darkness, fighting, betrayal and war...all the great elements of historical fiction." - My Friend Amy
"It is a journey filled with blood and battles, love and redemption, and so many other things that make up a great novel. I mean this is historical fiction at its' best and I was entranced.
" - Sam's Book Blog
"Hollick's writing is smooth and beautiful. She seamlessly transports her readers back to the Dark Ages.
" - So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
"I liked the depiction of the characters daily lives in a down to earth way, the familiar family dramas such as sibling rivalry and the conflicts between paganism, Christianity and the monarchy. " - Susan's Art and Words
"The writing in these books is engaging and occasionally funny. " - We Be Reading