Author: Millie Thom Release Date: December 22, 2014 Series: Sons Of Kings Genre: Historical Fiction Edition: Kindle Pages: 5005 (kindle locations) Publisher: Self-published Source: Author (Thanks Millie!) Buy it here: Amazon
In Pit of Vipers, the second book in the Sons of Kings trilogy, the lives of Alfred of Wessex and Eadwulf of Mercia continue to unfold against the ever increasing threat of Danish raids. Now back in his homeland, Eadwulf sets out on his determined quest for revenge, whilst Alfred’s leadership skills develop at the courts of his successive brothers. Before long, those skills will be put to the test . . .
I read this book just after I was done with the first one and it has the same elements of storytelling as the author puts her wonderful details in each and every scene and character in a very well thought and captivating way. Here you can really see just how much Thom knows about this period in history (9th century). Here the characters are in their teen years and are starting their role in there destinies.
In this second book you get to know the character in a more intimate way and the author did it in an outstanding way. Showing us all the character’s personal stories and who they really are. Eadwulf here is more of secondary character for me and we get to know more about Alfred.
There is marriage and lost love and it’s written in a very simple way to show us the simple household and life of a couple. The main characters are always fighting against increasing threats of Danish raids
The author did a wonderful job again in bringing back that dangerous time for the Vikings in a very passionate and detailed way. Her writing style is very fascinating and you she grabs your attention with her wonderful details of true history and fiction, so well blended together that you might even not notice what the fiction part is. It’s all seems so true and full of life.
Unlike the first book here I got hooked to the story from the first page and even before that. The characters list the author placed in the beginning of the story is very helpful as well were the maps. This book starts with action and raids and the maps were extremely helpful for me.
Omg, I love how this book has ended. It closed so well and many things that were left open from the first book, are now resolved and even though I know there is much more to come in the next book (the third one), I’m still happy with how the author ended the book. Living us wondering but not stressed as all major questions had been answered.
The blurb here is well written. It’s giving you enough details of what yet to come, but not too much and spoiler free.
I think the cover art here is even more beautiful from the first book. It has a better feel of the period and really sets the right mood for the book.
Opening Line: “The raiding party crested the rise and reined in to survey the substantial settlement that stretched seductively along the valley floor below.” Highlights: In this book you will get a more deep insight on the characters thoughts, feeling and they lifestyle. You will feel their heartbreaks, their success and struggles. Yet again the greatness of this story for me is in the details. Lowlights: None. Memorable Quotes:
We must be united in whatever path we choose to follow.
Final Thoughts: In this book unlike the first you will get all the questions you have been waiting for answered and the waiting for the next book in this trilogy would be less stressing and you just feel excited. I can’t wait for the third book of this trilogy to come out. Highly recommend 🙂
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