Review: Castles, Customs, and Kings by Debra Brown

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A compilation of essays from the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, this book provides a wealth of historical information from Roman Britain to early twentieth century England. Over fifty different authors share hundreds of real life stories and tantalizing tidbits discovered while doing research for their own historical novels.

Read to go along with Shriver, this is a very informative collection of essays by a variety of historical fiction authors. The interest level and writing varies from essay to essay. Some are rather awkwardly turned into plugs for the particular author’s books probably because they all seem to be collected from a website. And some of the topics are just boring and dry, not because the author is bad per se, but because the topic is just uninteresting. The beginning of the book in particular I found far more interesting than the later part.

3 out of 5

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