by Patricia Bracewel
Publication Date: February 7th, 2013
In 1002, fifteen-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son. Determined to outmaneuver her adversaries, Emma forges alliances with influential men at court and wins the affection of the English people. But her growing love for a man who is not her husband and the imminent threat of a Viking invasion jeopardize both her crown and her life. Based on real events recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Shadow on the Crown introduces readers to a fascinating, overlooked period of history and an unforgettable heroine whose quest to find her place in the world will resonate with modern readers.
I don't post enough Historical Fiction novels. This cover jumped out at me. I really like it when you only get the back of the character, when you don't see the face. There's something mysterious about that. The gate the girl is walking into reminds me of teeth. Something ominous is about to gobble her up. Will she survive it's iron teeth?
**Note: I write my opinion on the cover before I read the blurb. That way I have an unbiased reaction and assumption.