A B.R.A.G Medallion Winner, Dark Spirit is a historical novel detailing the brief 2-year reign and fall of King Ludwig II, otherwise known as the “Mad” King of Bavaria. Readers are gifted with a detailed yet poetic description of the reasons behind the fall of King Ludwig II and all he gave. A sensitive and artistic loving man who gives the world, to this day, riches that go well beyond what the nearsighted men of 1885-1886 realized.
King Ludwig II held a great passion for Bavaria and the fine arts. Bankrupting his country and his kingdom, it fell to a handful of experienced men to remove King Ludwig II to reestablish financial stability. The steps they took and the dreadful outcome are outlined here by Susan Appleyard.
Appleyard weaves a strong story of King Ludwig II, captivating her readers with insightful knowledge and supposition. Appleyard provides an opportunity for the reader to decide whether the King was a madman or a dreamer who in the midst of accomplishing his dreams is forced to stop.
Appleyard weaves strong stories about historical figures and occurrences with ease, her ability to connect her readers with the characters is flawless. She builds her characters with care, giving them a depth that transcends paper making them more realistic than a history book could. This is the third book of Ms. Appleyard’s I have read; she brings history alive for her readers.
WordsAPlenty highly recommends this book and author!
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The Forsaken Queen is a historical romance novel about one woman’s survival against evil tyranny. Isabella, Queen of England, finds herself facing yet another favorite of her husband, King Edward the II. The Despensers vie to overthrow the influence of Queen Isabella and manage to confiscate her property with Edward’s blessing. Isabella is not one to take things complacently thus begins her tale of deceit, honor, love, and war to save herself, England and her children from the merciless Despensers and her weak husband, Edward.
The Forsaken Queen is about a strong woman who loves her children, her country – both her birth and adopted, finds true love in the arms of a strong man, and defeats the tyrannical evil doers before they destroy England.
If you enjoy historical books that have a mixture of romance and intrigue this is an excellent book. Author Susan Appleyard takes a historical figure and era carefully weaving her story around facts with creative dialog and reactions that captivates her readers. Appleyard enables her readers to see the Queen for the intelligent woman, fierce mother, protector and lover that she was historically known.
This was well written and well researched. The dialog was realistic and the characters were fully developed. Appleyard is skilled at taking historical information and constructing a strong creative dialog as well as creatively creating a connection between history and a storyline that enthralls her readers.
The Forsaken Queen will resonate well after the story ends. I look forward to reading more by Susan Appleyard!
A must read!!!
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