Today is my stop on the
Lady Estrid: A Novel of Eleventh Century Denmark
By M J Porter, hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club
This extensive book blog tour runs from November 2nd – January 4th
Publication Date: 29th October 2020
Publisher: Independently Published
Genre: Historical Fiction
Daughter, Sister, Duchess, Aunt. Queen.
United by blood and marriage. Divided by seas. Torn apart by ambition.
Lady Estrid Sweinsdottir has returned from Kiev, her first husband dead after only a few months of marriage. Her future will be decided by her father, King Swein of Denmark, or will it?
A member of the ruling House of Gorm, Estrid might not be eligible to rule, as her older two brothers, but her worth is in more than her ability to marry and provide heirs for a husband, for her loyalty is beyond question.
With a family as divided and powerful as hers, stretching from England to Norway to the land of the Svear, she must do all she can to ensure Denmark remains under the control of her father’s descendants, no matter the raging seas and boiling ambition that threatens to imperil all.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
Lady Estrid: A Novel of Eleventh Century Denmark by M.J. Porter
The eleventh century Denmark lady Estrid of the house of Grom husband is dead only after a few months, her future lies in the hands of her father and King Svend of Denmark or maybe some one else’s.
MJ Porter brings intimate fictional life of one of the most intriguing female characters in history. Estrid was the only child of King Svend & his second wife. Her extensive family’s ties that include half brothers and sisters make up an expansive far reaching relatives.
In this compelling historical fiction, we are given an intimate glimpse into what Lady Estrid’s life might have been like. The author presents political drama through first hand accounts, thoughts and letters. I really appreciated the way the author gives the reader first hand knowledge of what lady Estrid courtly life might have been like.
Estrid in this novel is gifted with a intuitive foreshadowing dream of what is to come. Some of it is easy for her to decipher, while others parts are harder to interpret. Soon things will fall into place as she travel from one country to the next. She becomes a political pawn in a chess game in her half brothers turbulent courts.
While Harald ruling her native country of Denmark and Cnut ruling England. Each will try to use her for their own political gains. Cnut will marry her to one of his closest allies while in England, Jarl Ulfr is an overly ambitious.
When the harsh reality of a foreseen death comes to take away one. Her world will pivot and she will return to her native Denmark with her husband and son.
I was hooked from the beginning this in-depth historical fictional tale of strong willed heroine. During a time when daughters shoulder the brunt of mariage alliances, Lady Estrid knows she will be married to whom ever her father or brothers decide. She voices her opinions quite boldly but understands her place on the ever changing kingship game of alliances. She strong willed and formidable, realistic in her outlook.
This was an exceptional written book. The author has created well developed three dimensional characters, and the cast along with their names was easy to follow along. I enjoyed the incredible atmosphere details of the different places and people within this paced perfect storyline.
The characterizations of place and time along with the characters themselves were absolutely wonderful and so vividly descriptive, placing me easily into the heart of this novel.
I hate this time of the year – the dark times. My true dream stock me more often, or hints and illusions, awkward to decipher, and impossible to ignore.
“United by blood and marriage.
Dived by seas.
Torn apart by ambition”
A compelling novel of heartache and loss Lady Estrid: A Novel of Eleventh Century Denmark by M.J. Porter .
I am definitely going to recommend this book to my family and friends who enjoy medieval historical courtly drama.
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M J Porter
I’m an author of fantasy (Viking age/dragon-themed) and historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest), born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since AD1066.
I write A LOT. You’ve been warned!