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(Review) By Helen's Hand by Amalia Carosella

Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Historical fiction, Greek Mythology, Odysseus
Pages: 429
Source: Free copy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and Amalia Carosella
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

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With divine beauty comes dangerous power. Helen believed she could escape her destiny and save her people from utter destruction. After defying her family and betraying her intended husband, she found peace with her beloved Theseus, the king of Athens and son of Poseidon. But peace did not last long. Cruelly separated from Theseus by the gods, and uncertain whether he will live or die, Helen is forced to return to Sparta. In order to avoid marriage to Menelaus, a powerful prince unhinged by desire, Helen assembles an array of suitors to compete for her hand. As the men circle like vultures, Helen dreams again of war—and of a strange prince, meant to steal her away. Eve…

(Review) The Lord of Ireland, The Fifth Night, Book Three by E.M. Powell

Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer, a trademark of Amazon
Genre: Historical fiction, Historical thriller, 12th century, England, Ireland, Henry II, John
Pages: 370
Source: Free copy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour and Amazon. 
Rating: 4 stars for very good

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England, 1185. John is a prince without prospect of a crown. As the youngest son of Henry II, he has long borne the hated nickname ‘Lackland’. When warring tribes and an ambitious Anglo-Norman lord threaten Henry’s reign in Ireland, John believes his time has finally come. Henry is dispatching him there with a mighty force to impose order. Yet it is a thwarted young man who arrives on the troubled isle. John has not been granted its kingship—he is merely the Lord of Ireland, destined never to escape his father’s shadow. Unknown to John, Henry has also sent his right-hand man, Sir Benedict Palmer, to root out the traitors he fears are working to stea…