The Summer of the Danes

The Summer of the Danes

The Eighteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

Book - 1991
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In the Summer of 1144, a strange calm has settled over England. The armies of King Stephen and Empress Maud, the two royal cousins contending for the throne, have temporarily exhausted other. On the whole, Brother Cadfael considers peace a blessing. Still a little excitement never comes amiss to a former soldier, and Cadfael is delighted to accompany his young friend, Brother Mark, on a mission of church diplomacy to his native Wales. But shortly after their arrival, the two monks are caught up in yet another royal feud. The Welsh prince Owain Gwynedd has banished his brother Cadwaladi, accusing him of the treacherous murder of an ally. The reckless Cadwaladi has retaliated by landing an army of Danish mercenaries, poised to invade Wales and retake his lost lands. As the two armies teeter on the brink of bloody civil war, Cadfael is captured by the Danes. His fellow prisoner is a headstrong young woman fleeing an arranged marriage-or perhaps her involvement in a murder.
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, 1991
ISBN: 9780892964482
0892964480
Branch Call Number: MYS Pet
Characteristics: 251 p. ; 22 cm

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EuSei Mar 01, 2016

I read eighteen of Ellis Peters "Cadfael Chronicles" books and enjoyed each one of them enormously. This one was an exception. Peters seems to have lost her touch with words. That lovely way she bestowed upon each sentence, that made them emulate the time-frame of the stories, is almost completely gone. The story also is too loose and long, most characters are quite predictable, as well as the story's closing. It gets so boring at times that I just skipped entire paragraphs--and missed nothing of the continuation of the story it seems! These little missteps first caught my eye when she mentions how lovely the spring was so far, just to, a few pages later, laud summer... And why Brother Cadfael is in the story, is anyone's guess, since he has no weight in the plot. I am hoping that with The Holy Thief she would have recovered her impeccable style.

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