Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

I won a free book.  Yay!  And when I win a free book, I always do a review as a “thank you” to the author as my payment.  Today, I’m reviewing The White King, a historical romance by Corinne M. Knight.

Title: The White King
Series: N/A
Author: Corinne M. Knight
Genre(s): Historical Romance
Pages: 148 pages
Publication Date: September 5, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published

The Duke of York has died. Butchered by the army of the French queen in hopes that his family would stand down and give England over to her.

She was wrong.

The Earl of March had vowed to hunt the queen like a curse, destroying her army until the rivers run red with blood and the defences are eradicated.

The throne is his, and he is not afraid to take it by whatever means necessary.

Buoyed by his self-confidence in battle and a love for the beautiful Elizabeth, Edward will ensure that all of England will bow before their rightful king.

The War of the Roses has just begun.

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The novel is based on real-life events, and I must say I really enjoyed this look into the author’s historical and very realistic take on the War of the Roses.  I’m a fan of forbidden love, so this novel was right up my alley.

First off, there is a timeline at the beginning of the novel that I enjoyed reading as a guide before immersing myself in the story.  This was a big help because I don’t know that much about the War of the Roses.  Too bad this novel wasn’t used in school, because it made the time period come to life for me, and it sure would’ve made me eagerly read and learn if I’d been in high school.

The writing is beautifully descriptive without going over the top.  And the author sticks to the beliefs and customs of that era.  Such as the Church being the focal point in Edward’s life.  I really felt as if I was in England at the time when Edward became king.

Even though the author is well versed in this era, she didn’t overdo the historical aspect of her knowledge of the War of the Roses.  She stuck to Edward’s story of how he became king and claimed Elizabeth as his wife.

The dialogue was spot on.  The prose belonged to the medieval age.  This is a wonderfully crafted historical romance that could easily pass as something the author dreamed up on her own instead of a realistic event with real past characters.  I enjoyed her portrayal of Edward, Elizabeth, and the many other people involved in his coronation.  I highly recommend you give it a read.  And I am much looking forward to the second book in the series.

Have you read The White King?  If so, do you agree with my review?  If you haven’t read the book, would you be willing to now?

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