Other then what I learned while watching Braveheart, I know very little about the history of Scotland. This novel intrigued me as it focuses on a young woman from an influential noble family in 1295 Scotland. Christina Bruce, a descendant of Celtic & Norman kings, was an influential person during the Scottish Wars of Independence, however, very little is truly known about her. While her father pledges loyalty to England, she is left to make tough decisions for herself & her family.
What I loved: Christina ‘s character. She is brave, fierce & loyal to a fault sometimes. The author takes great detail in fleshing out Christina’s life & her role in the Scottish War. And there is a lot of history & historical events that I really enjoyed reading about. And Christina’s relationships with her family & the heads of the other noble families is full of drama. I also loved the special relationship Christina develops with William Wallace.
What I didn’t: There are a lot of characters to keep track of. Some that disappear for a bit & then show up just when you’ve forgotten about them. The story struggles with pacing & can be a bit slow in parts (lots of riding back & forth.) It is also very heavy on the history which I actually enjoyed. However, there were parts where the events felt rushed through that should have been elaborated on more fully & character’s motives detailed a bit more.
To Crown A King is rich on history and drama. What it lacks in pacing, it makes up for with a strong female character, an interesting family dynamic & leaves you wanting more.
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.
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