Thursday, June 9, 2016

DAUGHTER OF THE WOLF by Victoria Whitworth

DAUGHTER OF THE WOLF is set during the Dark Ages in an England ruled by rival kings. 

Among the lords who serve them is Radmer of Donmouth, the King's Wolf, guardian of the estuary gateway to Northumbria. When the king sends Radmer on a mission to Rome, Donmouth is left in the safekeeping of his only daughter, Elfrun, whose formidable grandmother wants her to take the veil, while treacherous Tilmon of Illingham covets her for his son. This is the story of daughters in a man's world. Wynn, determined to take over from her father, the smith; Saethryth, wilful daughter of the village steward, whose longing for passion will set off a tragic sequence of events; and Auli, whose merchant venturer father plies his trade up and down the coast, spying for the Danes. Above all, it is the story of Elfrun of Donmouth, uncertain of her father's fate, no knowing whom she can trust, or whom she can love. 

Opinion:

Four women from different social ranks are at the heart of this Dark Ages tale set in England: Saethryth the steward's daughter, Wynn the blacksmith's daughter, Auli the spy's daughter, and Elfrun who is the daughter of the Wolf. When Elfrun's father is sent to Rome on a mission by the king, Donmouth estate is left in her hands. Young and inexperienced, she does her best to govern, despite the pressure her grandmother puts upon her to enter a convent and take the veil. At the same time, a dangerous man returns to the community, and he wants to wed his son to her. As time passes, Elfrun does not know her father's fate, but she is determined to keep the estate and all the people in her care in good standing. 
Author Victoria Whitworth did an exceptional job of bringing to life the hardships of the Dark Ages, and the plight of women during that time. Unique scenes such as the whale harvest made for a fascinating read. The characters and their inter-relationships to each other were beautifully fleshed out, along with the intriguing setting, and an ending that was utterly satisfying. A medieval novel that is sure to keep you flipping pages until the end. Highly recommended. 
Thank you to the publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for visiting my blog, http://greathistoricals.blogspot.ca, where the greatest historical fiction is reviewed! For fascinating women of history bios and women's fiction please visit http://www.historyandwomen.com.
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