This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
Truth is often much more intriguing than fiction, which Ann Marie Thomas so clearly portrays in Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John. As one author referred to William III de Breos as “a broken Reed,” Ann tells the historical tale of this Welsh baron, the political intrigue, and the effects his actions and those of his heirs had on English and Welsh history. Caught within the transitions that were taking place upon the death of Henry II and the subsequent disorganization that followed during the reign of his sons Richard and John, William began to rearrange the landscape of Wales, but in the process the landscape of English history as well. Through his acquisitions and alliances, William was able to bring most of Wales together under his influence and, though he later fell out of favor with the crown, his legacy would live on in Llewellyn the Great. Subsequent to his falling out with King John, the English barons began to see the instability of the throne and drafted the Magna Carta in an attempt to bring John into check. Though William III de Breos had certainly built a magnificent kingdom, he died a beggar in Paris and his heirs held nothing more than Gower and Bramber.
Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John reads as easily as any novel of political intrigue. Ann Marie Thomas has a way of telling this tale that captures the reader’s emotions and sympathies as much as it relates the facts of this transitional period in history. The well-researched facts are easy to follow and the book will quickly become a page-turner to anyone who is intrigued by the political movements of the nobles of that period. Full of intrigue and a solid piece of historical work, Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John is proof that Ann Marie Thomas has established herself in a role that blends historical fact with a knack for storytelling.