The Edge of Light

The Edge of Light

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by Joan Wolf
     
 

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There was a reign when England's fate was forever decided, when the Danes swooped in to conquer, and one splendid king stood between savagery and a glorious new dawn. The Edge of Light is the magnificent tale of those faraway times, of that monarch, Alfred the Great, and the woman he could not help but love ....

A woman-child with long dark hair and deep blue

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There was a reign when England's fate was forever decided, when the Danes swooped in to conquer, and one splendid king stood between savagery and a glorious new dawn. The Edge of Light is the magnificent tale of those faraway times, of that monarch, Alfred the Great, and the woman he could not help but love ....

A woman-child with long dark hair and deep blue eyes stands in the castle's stable gazing at a summer storm sweeping down from Wales. She is Elswyth, Princess of Mercia. Watching her is another whom the storm excites and enchants - the young prince who will become a mate for her vry soul. Alfred, fifth song of King Ethelwulf of Wessex. The emotions set afire this fateful day will become the first strands in a tapestry of desire destined to shape the life of England's greatest king.

From the beginning, these two headstrong, vibrant lovers now to fight to change the world rather than forfeit their passion. Elswyth, barely thirteen, is already promised to a lord of the realm. Alfred, secretly suffering from a painful malady, believes he should never marry. But faced with Elswyth's forced betrothal, Alfred innocently plans to protect her virginity by taking her as his bride in an unconsummated marriage - a plan that may doom them both.

For the young Prince Alfred never dreams he will one day don the crown of Britain. But even as he sets out to win Elswyth, death strikes each of his siblings, leaving him alone to stop the savage Danes who are marching toward Wessex. Terror rushes before these Viking invaders as rumors of their chilling blood sacrifices make the people flee in panic.

With his kingdom in upheaval, Alfred must gather his knights to halt the Danish warriors and determine the course of history. But intrigues swirling about his legendary step-mother, a crafty Viking enemy, and a mysterious Danish hostage will test the strength of this legendary monarch, endanger his beloved Elswyth, and challenge the entire Kingdom - in a grand and glorious tale of days of old.


REVIEWS FOR THE EDGE OF LIGHT ...

"A powerfully wrought historical romance set in ninth-century Britain . . . Alfred, dubbed by history "the Great," succeeds to the kingdom of Wessex aided by his young wife, Elswyth . . . convincing subplots of passionate love and betrayal that embellish the bare bones of history. Publishers Weekly, Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"Alfred the Great . . . from childhood, through marriage to his beloved Elswyth, battles with the murderous Northmen" Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At the outset of this powerfully wrought historical romance set in ninth-century Britain, Wolf lists her Anglo-Saxon characters, at least half of whose names begin with ``Ethel.'' It's an aid readers will often turn to as the action-packed plot develops. Alfred, dubbed by history ``the Great,'' succeeds to the kingdom of Wessex on the death of his beloved brother, Ethelred. He is aided in his struggle against the invading pagan Danes by his haughty young wife, Elswyth, of the kingdom of Mercia. As warrior-king, Alfred establishes a governmental system; as Latinist, he translates the poetry and classics that become the foundation of English literature; as a Christian he puts into practice the principles to which he was devoted. Around Alfred's magnificent defense of the English nation, Wolf ( Born of the Sun ) weaves convincing subplots of passionate love and betrayal that embellish the bare bones of history. (Aug.)
Library Journal
In ninth century England King Alfred of Wessex gathered an army which permanently halted a Viking invasion that had devastated the country. For this, as well as his devotion to literature, he is known as Alfred the Great. This novel tells his story from childhood, through marriage to his beloved Elswyth, battles with the murderous Northmen, and finally his defeat of them in 878. It is unfortuante, though, that this rousing period in British history is treated in such a plodding, dull manner. Although the historical events are competently described, the passion and vibrancy that pervaded these times are completely missing.-- Patricia Altner, Dept. of Defense, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780453007382
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/1990
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling author, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike. Publisher's Weekly reviewed one of her novels as "historical fiction at its finest." Joan was born in New York City but has lived most of her life in Connecticut with her husband, two children and numerous pets. An avid rider and horse owner, she enjoys featuring horses in her novels.

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