Some of the kind reviews that people have left on Amazon/Goodreads
From Amazon.co.uk:"Another excellent book from this talented author. Having thoroughly enjoyed her first book, To Be A Queen, I was waiting impatiently for her next offering, hoping it would be as fascinating as the first, and haven't been disappointed. The author has an elegant, beautiful style of writing that draws you in from the first page, and holds you until the end. She has clearly researched her period minutely, and the story is a true one, but she does not bombard the reader with lengthy descriptions, instead incorporating not only the political situation but also the details of domestic life of the period into a fascinating story about a period seldom written about. At the end I had not only been highly entertained, enthralled even, but I also came away knowing a lot more about this turbulent and fascinating period of English history. I could not ask for more."
"Another fabulous read from Annie Whitehead!
This author has the knack of whisking the reader away to more than a thousand years ago and making it seem so real. The historical detail in this book is second to none and makes it so easy to picture in one's mind.
The story is intriguing, exciting and above all based on truth. And as with the author's first book, To Be A Queen, I now feel as if I know far more about this period in our history.
Fantastic - you won't be disappointed.
And definitely one I will read again!!"
This is the second of Annie Whitehead's book I have read and both have been truly excellent. I am normally much more comfortable in the 19th century, but with this author I did not have any difficulty in sliding into the period. As with her first book, the characters are entirely believable and everything that should be told, was told with no excess padding. The use of more modern versions of the original Anglo-Saxon names was sensible: there is nothing worse for readers unfamiliar with the period than stumbling over tongue-twisting names!
The dialogue was equally good - the characters spoke naturally as they followed their lives, hopes and ambitions.
It was good to read a book about the period that was not crammed with battles and gore: these people were like us. They could not have spent their entire lives battling, and in Alvar the Kingmaker they had other things to occupy their time other than pointless slaughter.
Overall - well balanced, historically accurate and captivating.
This is a great read - full of intrigue and romance, set in well-researched Anglo-Saxon times. I recommend it.