(Review) The Cold Light of Dawn, The King’s Greatest Enemy Series, Book Four by Anna Belfrage

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Publisher and Publication Date: Troubador/Matador. February 16, 2018.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Pages: 434.
Source: Complimentary paperback copy from Anna Belfrage. I was not required to leave a positive review.
Rating: Excellent.

About The Author:
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Anna was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result she’s multilingual and most of her reading is historical- both non-fiction and fiction. Possessed of a lively imagination, she has drawers full of potential stories, all of them set in the past. She was always going to be a writer – or a historian, preferably both. Ideally, Anna aspired to becoming a pioneer time traveller, but science has as yet not advanced to the point of making that possible. Instead she ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for her most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career Anna raised her four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive…
For years she combined a challenging career with four children and the odd snatched moment of writing. Nowadays Anna spends most of her spare time at her writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and she slips away into her imaginary world, with her imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in her life pops his head in to ensure she’s still there.
Other than on her website, www.annabelfrage.com, Anna can mostly be found on her blog, http://annabelfrage.wordpress.com – unless, of course, she is submerged in writing her next novel. You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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Summary:
After Henry of Lancaster’s rebellion has been crushed early in 1329, a restless peace settles over England. However, the young Edward III is no longer content with being his regents’ puppet, no matter that neither Queen Isabella nor Roger Mortimer show any inclination to give up their power. Caught in between is Adam de Guirande, torn between his loyalty to the young king and that to his former lord, Roger Mortimer.
Edward III is growing up fast. No longer a boy to be manipulated, he resents the power of his mother, Queen Isabella, and Mortimer. His regents show little inclination of handing over their power to him, the rightful king, and Edward suspects they never will unless he forces their hand.
Adam de Guirande is first and foremost Edward’s man, and he too is of the opinion that the young king is capable of ruling on his own. But for Adam siding with his king causes heartache, as he still loves Roger Mortimer, the man who shaped him into who he is.
Inevitably, Edward and his regents march towards a final confrontation. And there is nothing Adam can do but pray and hope that somehow things will work out. Unfortunately, prayers don’t always help.

The Cold Light of Dawn is the fourth book in Anna Belfrage’s series, The King’s Greatest Enemy, the story of a man torn apart by his loyalties to his lord and his king.
The series of The King’s Greatest Enemy:
All ebooks are free through Kindle Unlimited.
In the Shadow of the Storm-price for Kindle edition is $2.99
Days of Sun and Glory-price for Kindle edition is $4.99
Under the Approaching Dark-price for Kindle edition is $4.99
The Cold Light of Dawn-price for Kindle edition is $4.99

My Thoughts:
I love this story! I became immersed in it from the first page!
I’ve not read the previous three books in this series, but didn’t have a problem keeping up with the story.
The main characters are Adam and Kit. They are a married couple with several children. He is a minor knight. He is a person who is strong in body and mind. He is a man who loves and adores his wife. I’m happy to read a story where the married couple always place the other first. Even though Adam has duties and allegiance to Edward III. Adam’s thoughts are never far from Kit. Both Adam and Kit are a committed couple who enjoy each other’s bodies, and who depend on one another for comfort and strength. Their love is beautiful and endearing.
A plot is building between Edward III, and his mother and Mortimer. They are Edward’s regents. He is a grown man with a wife. He wants full control as king. Time is running out for the old ways.
In fact, The Cold Light of Dawn gave me a solid perspective of life during the 1300s in England. Through the story I learned about their attire, living quarters, travel, eating, holidays, pregnancy and birthing.
Belfrage is a wonderful storyteller. The crafting of the characters, narration, and plot pushed me along to the last page. I felt apart of the story. I felt a strong investment in the outcome of Adam and Kit.

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