Anvil of God: Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles
Anvil of God Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles Author:J. Boyce Gleason It is 741. After subduing the pagan religions in the east, halting the march of Islam in the west, and conquering the continent for the Merovingian kings, mayor of the palace Charles the Hammer has one final ambition-the throne. Only one thing stands in his way-he is dying. Charles cobbles together a plan to divide the kingdom among his three so... more »ns, betroth his daughter to a Lombard prince to secure his southern border, and keep the Church unified behind them through his friend Bishop Boniface. Despite his best efforts, the only thing to reign after Charles's death is chaos. His daughter has no intention of marrying anyone, let alone a Lombard prince. His two eldest sons question the rights of their younger pagan stepbrother, and the Church demands a steep price for their support. Son battles son, Christianity battles paganism, and Charles's daughter flees his court for an enemy's love. Based on a true story, Anvil of God is a whirlwind of love, honor, sacrifice, and betrayal that follows a bereaved family's relentless quest for power and destiny.« less
When I first started reading Anvil of God, my first thought was, meh, but as I got more and more into it. I started to fall in love with the characters. They are so well described and just bursting with personalities. You know how sometimes when you're reading a book and all of the characters blend together? Yeah, that doesn't happen with Anvil of God.
My second favorite thing about this book was definitely the religious aspect. Pagan rituals have always fascinated me, and the idea of Pagans and Catholics getting married is a little hilarious and slightly dangerous. As the book proves. But the ceremonies, whether they be funerals or of the sexual variety, are so intense, that its like you're there. And you learn about these things with some of the characters especially Trudi, a firebrand looking to be free.
This book is a bit thick, and it takes a while to get through but its totally worth it. This is one series I'll be following