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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good ending to Welsh trilogy, but..., 9. Juni 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Reckoning (Taschenbuch)
In "The Reckoning", Sharon Kay Penman concludes her Welsh trilogy, begun in "Here Be Dragons" and continued in "Falls the Shadow." This tale chronicles the conflict between Llewelyn ap Gruffydd and Edward I of England. Llewelyn shines here; as in "Falls the Shadow", I found this character to be amazing and utterly fascinating, and the love story between him and Ellen de Montfort was exquisite and poignant. Similarly, Daffydd ap Gruffydd's characterization was marvelous.
Ms. Penman's tendency to allow fictionalized characters such as Hugh and Caitlin center stage, however, only detracts from her novel. This book is not for the faint of heart; the starkness of the ending, fictionalized characters aside, was something that stayed with me a long time. A very good book, if lacking the power of the other two in the trilogy.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Less emphasis on non-historical characters, please, 8. Mai 2000
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A devoted fan of Penman, I loved this novel with no less a passion than I did the rest of her novels nut I do feel that it was the least of the trilogy. I attribute this to the increasing trend of Ms Penman towards focusing on non-historical characters. This first becomes evident in this novel, with Hugh, Caitlin and Juliana, moves on in When Christ and his saints slept to the young FitzHenry, and is completely demonstrated by the JUSTIN novels. This is not disparaging her talent in creating lower class characters or her knowledge of their society, but is sad because Penman's most extraordinary talent lies in the recreation or adaptation of existing historical characters - the movers and shakers. I need only point to Llewelyn ap Gruffydd or Davydd to illustrate this point. The immense tragedy of this pair and the last days of Wales could have stood without the distraction of that annoying oaf Hugh etc etc. I know that many readers of this trilogy thought that Llewelyn Fawr was a character who could not be improved upon, but I find somehow that it is his grandsons that haunt my thoughts more. The imprisonment and betrayals they suffered and the shadows they carried touched me very deeply and I think that many people in their age must have suffered such scarring. They are much darker characters but are all the more poignant for it - similar to John, who similarly suffered much in his youth from the vagaries of the wartorn society they lived in.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr gutes Buch, spannend bis zum Ende, 2. September 2012
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Spanning the period 1271-83 A.D., The Reckoning focuses on the Welsh uprisings and their prince, Llewelyn ap Gruffydd. The story begins five years after the killing of Simon de Montfort, whose story was related in Penman's Falls the Shadow ( LJ 7/88). The betrothal between Simon's 13-year-old daughter Ellen and Llewelyn, which had ended with her father's death, has been reinstated. Now, en route to meet her husband, Ellen is kidnapped by pirates acting at the behest of Edward I, who opposes his cousin's marriage to the warring Welsh lord. The scene shifts from Wales to the scattered de Montforts living in France and Italy and to Edward's court. The action involves religious and political intrigue, battles and plots.

As with Penman's other historical novels, this one is both informative and enjoyable. Settings, events, and individuals are realistic. The players include well-researched historical personages and fictional characters.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen historcial novel writing as it should be - simply superb, 28. Oktober 2008
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Reckoning (Taschenbuch)
I had read this fantasic novel some years ago and recently I read it again. I am actually not very often inclinded to re-read books but here I was - like some years ago - absolutely hooked and could not put it down. This is historcial novel writing as it should be. "The Reckoning folows Penman's inititial success "The Sunne in Splendour" and is writing with the same knowledge, passion and superb style of writing. Since her first novel she has never disappointed her readers.. The novel re-awakens medieval Wales and England and a long lost time for today's reader. Simply superb!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book!, 27. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Reckoning (Taschenbuch)
Like all of her books, this one depicts more than one main character. She truely gives you the affect of "his side, her side and what really happened." She shows the strength of Simon de Monfort, and the liberal views of his wife. This is a wonderful read for any history buff, anyone researching this era but tired of reading documentaries, or anyone who would like to read good literature. It is an acurate account followed by an author's note to explain any liberties that she took in writting.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great ending to a great trilogy, 18. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Reckoning (Taschenbuch)
Sharon Kay Penman is simply the best historical novelist out there. "The Reckoning," like its predecessors "Here Be Dragons" and "Falls The Shadow," is a triumph of incredible writing, a tight (and historically accurate) plot, and a sense of being there that is so strong you forget it's been 600 years since these events. I have recommended Penman to so many people I've lost count. A must for any historical fan (although romance fans will NOT like the less-than-happy ending--but that's life).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen beautiful written finale to the trilogy, 18. November 1999
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Someone in Hollywood needs to make a movie out of this trilogy. Like the first two books in this trilogy , my interest was captured in the first paragraph. The characters are so real, that it is easy to forget they've all been dead for 1000 years!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing!, 17. Juli 1999
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Like all of the others here, I feel that this is a wonderful book. The entire trilogy was a great read. I enjoyed this book in particular. I couldn't put it down. (It literally went everywhere with me for a day.) There was something about her portrayal of Llewelyn ap Gruffudd that I found captivating. His stuggle to live up to the legacy of his grandfather was classic and beautiful. This is one of the best historical fiction novels I've ever read!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good but...., 9. Juni 1999
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This book was very good, but is overshadowed by the excellence of Here be Dragons and Falls the Shadow. It ended on a tragic note but is a great book for Penman fans, history addicts and anyone Welsh. Penman's prose is addictive- once you read her, you'll read ALL her novels- they're just plain good. They all contain interesting plot, and characters, which is all the more fascinating because it's all true! Her Author's note and Afterward are very informative and interesting- infact, now I'm so interested I've bought a book on Welsh midevial history and I'm going next for one on Simon de Montfort. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Welsh Princes & English Kings - Anguish, Terror, MAGIC, 29. Mai 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Reckoning (Taschenbuch)
After reading the first two installments in the trilogy, I was primed for the 3rd. I had already lost my heart to Llellwyn Fawr in "Sunne" and felt the paralizing grip of an English Kings displeasure - but "Reckoning" made me realize the helplessness of any two people living in that era, Peasant or Noble, and the true meaning of "at the Kings Pleasure".
A great adventure, romance and historical novel in the tradition of the trilogy. This Welsh Prince is a treasure as is Davydd, his brother & rival who is one of the most interesting characters I've come across in many pages. Ellen is a great heroine, neither inhumanly strong nor weak; she is believeable and that is what makes her travails so heartrending. Please read this book!!!!
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