Rave reviews from Goodreads readers:
"There are hero knights, sword fights, chases, and escapes before all is concluded in this tale loosely based on British history. This is an enjoyable read and one which you read quickly simply because you won't want to put it down." -- Karen M. Goodreads
"There is political intrigue, conspiracies and mysteries in this book. This is well written, believable and exciting. The author does a great job of finding a balance between having a clever plot that keeps you guessing and keeping the plot easy to follow. " -- Richard, Goodreads
"The beauty of this book, though, is the way Mr. Barlog weaves truth and fiction to create a book that was very hard to put down. He takes a bit of license but that is the joy of reading fiction." -- Patty, Goodreads
"This is the first book that I've read from this author and I was really impressed." -- Glen, Goodreads
One woman's courage must decide the fate of the English crown.
The English countryside roils in the throes of political upheaval as King Richard the Lionheart sails from defeat in the Holy Lands. His kingdom teeters on the verge of yet another bloody war-- this one against his own blood. To the victor goes the crown ... with death to the vanquished.
Waylaid and stranded on the continent, Richard must evade capture from his enemies, forcing Princess Joanna and Queen Eleanor to thwart Prince John's play to usurp the throne.
The Heart of the Lion whisks you away to a time long past and places far away, where thundering hooves, clanking swords, passion, and above all else, courage ruled the day.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2 1/2 stars... This was in between a "Meh" and an "It's okay". These are the thoughts I wrote while reading the first 3/4 of the story: Story Jumps around too much. Having a hard time connecting emotionally at all. I'm seeing nothing in my mind outside of the words I am forcing myself to read. The last 1/4 of the story, here were my thoughts: FINALLY! I'm finding some interest in the story. Still reads disconnected but there is enough going on that it's got me feeling I can complete the story. Feeling some anger that the people I want to see live are dying. It at least got some feeling out of me. I was so hopeful when reading the book's description. Love this time period, love the Plantagenets. This book has a sequel but I'm not sure I want to spend the time reading it. I have noticed others really enjoyed this and have given 4 and 5 stars so please don't let my feelings sway you to try it if you love Medieval Historical Fiction.
Set during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart, the book is about Richard's journey home from the Crusades and Prince John's plot to steal both crown and kingdom. As we all know, Richard is captured and held for ransom (this is not a spoiler, anyone who knows their history, or even the legends of Robin Hood, knows King Richard was held for ransom and Prince John was trying to abscond with all of England). The book follows three separate groupings of characters: King Richard and his travails, Sir Rynhawker and Thomas, and Princess Joanna and those at the castle. Well written with plenty of intrigue, mystery, politics, courage, loyalty and heartbreak this book is a must read and lead to far many nights reading until 2 am. In full disclosure, I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.