This was strangely entertaining. I greatly cared for all the characters here. And there were many moments where I felt something for the characters, and their predicaments.
I liked Matthew, he was relatable and understandable. The writing was old without ever being too difficult to even read, or taking a lot to comprehend.
And the various other characters such as Edwin, his elder brother whom Matthew always is with. And their relationship was indeed something that I enjoyed. And the way that it was portrayed was enjoyable.
Not to mention, Emalel, although I did wish for more female characters. But this was the early middle ages, it was lucky if we had a few female characters at all. And nonetheless, I liked how she was someone different from the usual noblewoman we will end up having here. Sad to say, but always true.
But most importantly is that it told a story. A story that was complete, full of development and that was what made it feel real to me. Most books rarely do, and from the title I wasn’t too convinced that I wasn’t reading a biography.
But thankfully, I read it and enjoyed what it gave me. Reconmended for those interested in Saxon England, and the early middle ages. And all those looking for a good story set in these times.
Rating: 4 out of 5