Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Eleanor and the Iron King by Julie Daines

Eleanor and the Iron King, by Julie Daines
2015, 224p, Clean Historical Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Eleanor de Lacy is forced into an arranged marriage with her father’s greatest enemy, Brac Goch, the Welsh king. All Eleanor knows of Brac is that he is a ruthless, war hungry man.

Eleanor arrives at the Welsh castle of Bryn Du already expecting the worst. When the ghost of Brac Goch’s first wife appears and warns her that the Welsh king is not to be trusted, all of Eleanor’s fears are confirmed.

As the countdown to her wedding day approaches, Eleanor must figure out who is lying, who is telling the truth, who is loyal, and who is the traitor--and most of all, if she can love an enemy king.

I loved this book! Eleanor's father takes her to a rival king as a peace offering. The rival king, Brac Goch, has killed her beloved brother, Richard, so she is not happy about this. She's constantly looking for a way to escape and make her way back home. However, the longer she stays, the more she realizes that she may have been wrong about him after all.

The pacing of this book is fantastic! We get little bits of information at a time which kept me endlessly reading one more chapter until I was done. We know that Eleanor doesn't want to be Brac's wife but as she starts piecing things together, she realizes that she's never been given the true story of what happened in the past or even what's currently happening. Her father has treated her poorly her entire life and she expects that treatment, so she's pleasantly surprised by Brac's behavior.

Eleanor's a healer and is the only one who can see the ghost of Brac's first wife, who leaves her messages advising her not to trust him. Brac isn't thrilled with her healing abilities and it takes a while before she finds out why. It was interesting to watch Eleanor adjust to a different culture and realize that the Welsh and English were more alike than she originally thought. She met some great characters that helped her along the way and helped her see the truth.

I've only read a short story by Julie Daines, which I enjoyed, and since I loved this book, she is an author I will definitely be reading more of in the future and am already looking forward to her next book!

Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.

She loves reading, writing, and watching movies--anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her verveine.

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Tour Schedule:

*August 7th


Julie Daines said...

Thank you so much for this review. I really appreciate it!

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