Historical Fiction: The Sixth Surrender, by Hana Samek Norton

The Sixth Surrender

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The Sixth Surrender is a romance dressed up as an historical novel, with a beautiful, fainthearted heroine and a devastatingly handsome, bad boy of a hero whose behavior is simply cruel. The plot centers on the dynastic wars between the French and English during the reign of King John (of Magna Carta fame, early 13th century), but there’s just too much inane sexual sparring, which constantly interrupts the action. Even without that problem, the plot is choppy and confusing, even for readers familiar with that time period. Unsatisfying, except for those who enjoy the romance genre. For a worthwhile, fictional presentation of the life of Eleanore of Aquitaine and the reign of King John, I can recommend “The Book of Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine”, by Pamela Kaufman.

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