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Spoil of War: An Arthurian Saga (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Phoenix Sullivan

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SPOIL OF WAR is a fascinating account of early Britain, a gripping tale of lust, love and the horrors of ancient warfare. Beautifully written, filled with myriad period details and compelling characters, it takes you deep into the heart of a brutal era -- and into the nature of feminine honor, feminine courage. I was enthralled. - JENNIFER BLAKE, NY Times Bestselling Author

Elsbeth of Olmsbury desires nothing beyond helping her father run his dukedom - until the duke's forces are overwhelmed, his castle torched and Elsbeth seized for the invading king's personal spoil. Expecting the same abuse as the other surviving women of her house, Elsbeth instead finds the king, Leodegrance, treating her with a civility that belies his flagrant desire for her. A desire that will have her his consort in Cameliard once he can convince her rank and duty alone forced his hand against her father.

But Elsbeth is not so easily won. There is the matter of Leodegrance gifting his steward with an unwilling young handmaid from Elsbeth's household. Of his marriage of convenience to his Byzantine queen. And of his plans to subjugate more of Britain's citadels and unite the wild isle under Roman rule.

If Elsbeth can't find her tangled way to forgiveness with the king - or escape the dark designs and perverse desires of Uther Pendragon, enemy to them both - then a legend of Camelot may never be conceived, never be born, and never change history forever ...

Please note: This novel takes place in a harsh era when spoils were often treated as commodities. While the violence toward women and children is period-appropriate and for mature adults only, it is never gratuitous. The story focuses on adaptation, survival and, ultimately, love in the Dark Ages before Arthur was made king.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 936 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 318 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Steel Magnolia Press (27 mars 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004UH7Z7U
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Amazon.com: 3.5 étoiles sur 5  82 commentaires
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Ugh 30 septembre 2011
Par JB - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
If this was an actual paperback, I would have hurled it across the room. Or maybe burnt it (as sacrilegious as I would have normally found such an act). It was not "woman's fiction", historical fiction, and most certainly NOT a romance novel. The story was unbelievably bad, with the heroine falling in love with the man who killed her father and enslaved her people. Not only that, but the so-called "hero" condoned such acts as one of his soldiers raping a dead woman. The hero also "gave" an 11-year-old girl to an old man, who raped her every night--and the heroine was turned on by this! There were other examples of rape in this book, and frankly, I did not bother to finish reading it. I have to say I'm disappointed, because the idea of an Arthurian "prequel" is intriguing.
146 internautes sur 166 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Please get your history RIGHT as well as your characters! 6 septembre 2011
Par Kat - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I will just give a few of the "highlights":

As this refers to the pope Celestine, this would probably take place in the pre-500 AD timeframe.

1) Britons did not live in castles - they lived in longhouses, all one big room, with no separate rooms.
2) "Ryan" is a modern name, not even a Gallic form of "Rian."
3) Squash originated in the New World which would not be "discovered" by the Europeans for eons.
4) The Great Schism didn't happen for another 500 years at least.
5) Why are flint arrows being used when iron is present and so much more efficiently fashioned into arrow points?

and so forth and so forth.

I'm not even going to go into the issues of rape, constant underage rape, etc, etc. I got halfway through the book and couldn't finish it. If it's your thing, *shrugs*. Just not mine to read a poorly-written one.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Open A History Book Please "Phoenix"! 19 août 2011
Par Las Vegas Reviewer-Man - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The author of this book seriously needs to open a history book! "Prince Valiant" and "Le Morte De Arthur" have more accurate history than "Spoils of War: An Aurthurian Saga" and though Phoenix Sullivan is writing alternate history it's so clumsily done as to be downright silly and laughable. This would be forgiveable if the book was exciting and while the book started out farely well it quickly fell into meandering slowless with long diatribes of dialogue that sounded like grad students speaking rather than late Roman Empire or Dark Ages nobles. Historical romance and even Arthurian romance needs a certain feel and this one missed big time!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disgusting 24 juin 2012
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I agree with some of the reviews and wish I had read them before purchasing this book. The rape scenes within the first 2 percent of the book was enough to make me stop reading, and I always finish a book-ALWAYS. The rape and mutilation of an old woman's dead body is appalling and sick. Then you have the rape and "gifting" of a child for sexual use. Then the main character, Elsbeth is raped by a drunken soldier and the king is livid as she is his "spoil". I am appalled that at any point in this novel Elsbeth is supposed to fall in love with the king responsible for this travesty. I don't think so. This book makes me want to wash my mind out with soap. This is not entertainment, it's a continuing story of assault. Why would any woman want to read this? I am all for really steamy sex scenes but that is not what rape is. Sick!!!
18 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Brutal, gritty, not a typical 'romance'. 13 novembre 2011
Par LiterateWalrus - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Going by the reviews up to date, opinions on this book differ widely.

It seems that most of the people who gave this book one star were bothered mainly by the rape scenes, particularly those involving 'Ruth', an 11/12 year old girl (but others too).

My family is German and my grandmother was a young woman at the end of the war. She saw many horrible things. No need to go into details but, suffice to say, she saw things that make what happened in this book look like a walk in the park.

Those reviewers that feel that child rape, rape of dead bodies, etc. are disgusting and should not have been part of this book are partially right. Yes, it is disgusting but - guess what? - it happens. It's happening right now in different parts of the world.

Don't read this book if you're looking for a typical romance - this is not it. And the author warns you of that up front.

The reason I give this book three stars is not because of the rapes but because the heroine simply didn't ring true to me.

In the beginning of the book, the heroine's father is killed (by a sword in the face - ugh), her home overrun, everyone she knows either killed or captured. That night she is raped (not by the 'hero'). Yet by the next morning, she is getting sexually excited by the motion of the horse she's riding and the arm of the 'hero' around her body.

Sorry, but...no. Yes, I understand this is set in distant history and 'modern sensibilities' should not apply but the sheer quickness of her physical longing for the hero seems false, especially since her one and only experience of sex is the rape the night before.

Before I say anything more, I should mention that I've read only about a third of the book so far. But I doubt I'll continue. Not because of the brutality, rapes, etc. but because I simply don't like the heroine. She seems to care/think of nothing but herself. Everyone she grew up with has been killed/captured but it's never really mentioned. She seems emotionally unaffected by any of it.

I just don't like her.
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