Reckoning (Welsh Princes Series #3)

Reckoning (Welsh Princes Series #3)

by Sharon Kay Penman
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Reckoning (Welsh Princes Series #3) by Sharon Kay Penman

"Penman's characters are so shrewdly imagined, so full of resonant human feeling that they seem to breathe on the page." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Never forget, Llewelyn, that the world's greatest fool is a Welshman who trusts an English king."

His father's words haunt Llewelyn ap Gruffydd, Prince of Wales, who has been ruling uneasily over his fractious countrymen. Above all else, Llewelyn fears that his life and his own dream—of an independent, united Wales—might be lost to Edward I's desire to expand his English empire.

Alive from the pages of history, this is the hauntingly beautiful and compelling tale of a game poised to play itself out to its bloody finale as English and Welsh cross swords in a reckoning that must mean disaster for one side or the other.

For anyone who has ever wanted to experience the rich tapestry of British history and lore, this bold and romantic adventure must be read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312382476
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/14/2009
Series: Welsh Princes Trilogy Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 329,827
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 5.52(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Sharon Kay Penman is the author of seven critically acclaimed historical novels, including the New York Times bestseller Devil's Brood, and four medieval mysteries, including the Edgar-finalist The Queen's Man.

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Reckoning (Welsh Princes Series #3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Penman's "The Reckoning" has got to be one of the most thrilling historical novels I have ever read. The last of her trilogy (1st two: Here Be Dragons, Falls the Shadows), this is the final conclusion and tells with such mastery the aftermath of such an enduring age. There were times where I was absolutely beside myself with laughter, and other times that I could not stop crying, so real were the tragic characters portrayed that my heart broke for the real historical people who's lives were so dramatically touched. Anyone who reads The Reckoning will not help being drawn into it.
AngieJG More than 1 year ago
I read all three of the books. The Reckoning was by far the most moving of the trilogy. I really appreciate all of the historical detail that Penman includes throughout the book. I feel , at the end of reading any of her stories, that I have learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed a story. The novels are based primarily on true historical events. It is amazing things that happened once upon a time in the world. But Penman can tell the story beautifully. 
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Amazing conclusion go the Welch princes trilogy. I so loved Llewelyn and Ellen... their story was do tragic...their time together too short. I so wanted a happy ending but it was not to be... at times I wanted to kill Davydd with my bare hands..This series is a must read if you like historical romance. It will not dissapoint.. just be prepared to cry as much as you laugh...enjoy the journey.
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MKMar More than 1 year ago
Llewyellen, the grandson, and his adventrues resisting English domination of his homeland. The story is very interesting and captivating with family friction to rival the greatest Shakesperian drama.
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emyclaire23 More than 1 year ago
I easily gave Penman's 3rd book in the Welsh Princes Series five stars. The first 2 books in the series captivated me and introduced 16th and 17th century Wales to my historical fiction library in a romantic yet dramatic way. When starting the 3rd book, I was a little skeptical that the new characters being introduced (Ellen de Montfort and Caitlyn) would catch my interest as much as Joanna, Llewelyn Fawr, or Simon de Montfort--these new characters definitely were easy to relate to and made the book fly by. After the last page, I was relieved to find out how some of the characters met their fates, both good and bad. I only wish there could be a 4th or 5th book to the series to see the continuous fate of Wales. I would recommend the entire Welsh Prince Series, as well as any historical fiction book that Sharon Kay Penman has written!
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Someone's previous review said "gripping"....that's just one word to describe this entire trilogy. I simply did not want it to end. Penman gives each of the historical people in her novels such character - brings them to life. Reading the Eleanor of Acquataine trilogy and the Welsh princes' triology gave me such a better understanding of the people and events during that time. I strongly recommend both trilogies....Penman has an excellent writing style that places you at every seige, betrayal, battle and bedchamber - I would re-read all of these books in a heartbeat.
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