In Search of Glory(The Lost King Book 4) by Martin lake

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The final book in Martin Lake’s series The Lost King continues the story of Edgar Aetheling, the uncrowned King of England and his struggles to survive the machinations of William and his Norman conquest of England.  While I enjoyed the first three books, this one I enjoyed the most.  The author has superbly crafted a tale that grabs the reader’s attention and doesn’t let go.  The characters come to life and in so doing, immerse the reader in the 11th century and the daily struggle to survive the whims and paranoia of England’s new masters.  This is especially true in regards to Edgar who throughout the tale is beset with doubt, frustration, and emotional turmoil as he tries to choose the correct path to pursue his destiny.  Learning to tread the tightrope walk set before him by William and his nobles without falling, Edgar’s tale is an extreme balancing act that not only threatens his life but also of his friends and loved ones.  Martin Lake has produced a series that provides a glimpse of the good and of the evils of human nature; the greed, the betrayals, the lust and the love that marked not only that period but of all human history.  5 stars

The Lost King – Resistance by Martin Lake

Once again I found myself immersed in a time period I am not familiar with other than the fact that the year 1066 was one of those we memorized in history class. The Normans under William the Bastard have defeated the English at The Battle of Hastings. That’s the starting point for this very enjoyable and well written book. The author is to be commended for his meticulous detail, his characters and the obvious passion he has for this period. The story follows Edgar Aetheling as he seeks his rightful place as King of England. His journeys take him from William’s court in Normandy to King Malcolm III of Scotland as he attempts to solidify his position. This is heady stuff for a youth not yet 20 and the author brings out all of the doubts, emotions and occasional flashes of brilliance that Edgar has to deal with. The story ends, or rather it doesn’t, with the coming battle with William and his Normans. I look forward to pursuing that in the sequel.
Hoover Book Reviews rates this at 4.4.