Series: The Accursed Kings #1
Published by HarperCollins on March 23rd 2013
Genres: Historical, Fiction, Fantasy
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From the publishers that brought you A Game of Thrones comes the series that inspired George R.R. Martin’s epic work.
France became a great nation under Philip the Fair – but it was a greatness achieved at the expense of her people, for his was a reign characterised by violence, the scandalous adulteries of his daughters-in-law, and the triumph of royal authority.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a historical fiction novel set in the time of Phillip the Fair of France.
There’s back stabbing, plotting and scheming, betrayal and more. All of what you expect from a story of about the treachery of wanting power.
The beginning of the story is rather slow but it’s basically due to the back story building. You need to meet the characters; there are many. You need to know what their stories are and their role in the general plot.
I read this book because it was recommended as “the original ‘game of thrones'” by George R. R. Martin himself. I figured what the heck, I’ll give it a go.
What I actually enjoyed most was the historical footnotes throughout the story. I love when an author takes the time to research their story. This is particularly important in historical fiction. Making a mistake with history can literally break your potential for success.
I loved learning a bit of fact while reading fiction. I was originally disappointed when I read that they didn’t translate the 7th book. However, I noticed that Amazon is selling book 7. I’m not sure yet, but it seems that a lot of people didn’t like book 7. Apparently it’s set some time after the events that takes place in book 6 and it seems disjointed.
I don’t know if I will make it all the way to book 7, but I enjoyed this first book very much.