By Patricia Bracewell
Menaced via Vikings and enemies at courtroom, Queen Emma defends her young ones and her crown in a riveting medieval experience Readers first met Emma of Normandy in Patricia Bracewell's gripping debut novel, Shadow at the Crown. Unwillingly thrust into marriage to England's King AEthelred, Emma has given the king a son and inheritor, yet theirs hasn't ever been a cheerful marriage. within the rate of Blood, Bracewell returns to 1006 whilst a beleaguered AEthelred, nonetheless haunted via his brother's ghost, governs with an iron fist and a royal coverage that embraces homicide. As tensions strengthen and enmities solidify, Emma forges alliances to guard her younger son from formidable men--even from the fellow she loves. within the north there's treachery brewing, and while Viking armies ravage England, loyalties are shattered and not anyone is secure from the sword. wealthy with intrigue, compelling personalities, and engaging element a few little-known interval in historical past, the cost of Blood will captivate fanatics of either ancient fiction and delusion novels equivalent to George R. R. Martin's online game of Thrones sequence.
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He wouldn't struggle if he may possibly have the option to dodge it. “What information of my cousin? ” she requested. “Did you converse with Aldyth or her husband? ” Siferth and his brother, Morcar, have been the main robust of her kinsmen, and so they have been certain by way of oath to avenge the deaths of her father and brothers—deaths ordered via the king. If there has been to be a real rebellion opposed to Æthelred, her family members needs to set it in movement. Alric took an extended pull from his ale cup sooner than surroundings it at the bench beside him. “I didn't meet with the brothers,” he acknowledged, “and the scoop i've got of them provides you with little pleasure. ” She scowled at him. “Out with it then,” she acknowledged. “Do no longer taunt me. ” “You are usually not the one one relationship your kinsmen,” he acknowledged. “Since final I spoke with them a few six months in the past, they've got entertained either one of the king’s elder sons. The king, too, has favourite them. At tub in September he granted them a number of estates that when belonged in your brother Wulf. whilst I arrived at your cousin’s manor, Siferth and his brother had already left to affix the king’s host. i will not say the place their allegiance could lie—with you, with the ætheling Athelstan, or with the king. ” His phrases have been like a touch of icy water. She felt as though the chilly from open air had crept into the chamber, into her bones even. She shuddered, picked up her cup, and took a deep swallow. “You are right,” she stated. “That is in poor health information certainly. ” “Lady”—his voice used to be a seductive growl as he leaned to whisper in her ear—“they are males of wealth and estate. they're within the king’s eye. they can't cover within the wooded area like lesser males. they can't even make their method to you the following for worry of drawing the king’s males after them and placing you in danger. Eadric has been nosing round Siferth’s estates trying to find you, and your cousin is fearful of him. you can't press too demanding for his or her aid. no longer but. ” She used to be compelled to confess to the reality in his phrases, even if they did little to reassure her. Siferth and Morcar, like several of Æthelred’s nobles, had a lot to achieve by means of becoming a member of the successful aspect within the strength fight that used to be taking form in the realm. they usually had a lot to lose in the event that they made the inaccurate selection. As but she had not anything to provide them or others like them other than the promise of destiny gift from an enemy king. they didn't even comprehend of her marriage to Cnut, for she have been sworn to silence till Swein and Cnut have been ready to make their bid for England’s throne. yet she was once uninterested in ready, uninterested in dwelling like an anchorite during this forgotten nook of Æthelred’s state. She ran her finger round the rim of her silver cup and regarded what she may do to result in the downfall of the king and so finish her exile. What might ensue if she may still visit her cousin, search shelter there till her confinement? Siferth used to be oath-bound to offer her his defense. If she have been to inform him that the kid she carried was once Cnut’s son, what then? may perhaps she no longer compel Siferth to forsake Æthelred? the lads of Lindsey and the 5 Boroughs might stick to Siferth’s lead, and that are meant to be sufficient encouragement to attract Swein to England by means of subsequent summer time.