Book Review: The Scarlet Lion – Elizabeth Chadwick

Title: The Scarlet Lion
Author: Elizabeth Chadwick
ISBN: 9781402229992
Pages: 576
Release Date: March 1, 2010
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Summary:

In this sequel to The Greatest Knight, William Marshal has settled down contentedly with his wife, Isabelle de Clare and their ever-growing family when King Richard dies unexpectedly.  William pledges himself to the late king’s brother, John, but John doesn’t trust William.  He pushes William farther and farther, stripping him of his honors and testing his loyalty over and over again.  It’s up to William to balance his loyalty to the king with his duty to his family and legacy.

Review:

When I turned the last pages of the amazing novel The Greatest Knight, I immediately lamented that its sequel, The Scarlet Lion wasn’t available in the United States.  I wasn’t sure at the time if it would ever be released in the US, but Sourcebooks Landmark has come through once again and made a not-to-be-missed work of historical fiction available for those of us on this side of the pond to read and enjoy.

The Scarlet Lion has the same spirit and fire as its predecessor.  Once again, Elizabeth Chadwick is on point with her research.  She makes the time period come alive for the reader, utilizing small historical details in order to really set each scene. 

The characters of William and Isabelle are what really make The Scarlet Lion a wonderful novel.  Their love story is simply amazing.  What they had is as inspiring as it is sweet.  That’s not to say they had a perfect relationship; they are at odds in this book more than once.  But at the end of the day, it’s clear that they love and support one another.  They’re both vividly drawn characters that are incredibly appealing.  Chadwick hit a home run in her depiction of William and Isabelle.

It’s not necessary to read The Greatest Knight before picking up The Scarlet Lion.  They both are standalone novels, and Chadwick does a great job of introducing new readers to her characters in this second book.  However, that being said, I do recommend reading both of them in order, as The Greatest Knight is really a wonderful novel.  The Scarlet Lion is definitely a worthy follow-up, though it does seem long at times.

I enjoyed The Scarlet Lion and certainly hope that this publisher will release more of Elizabeth Chadwick’s works.  I’m looking forward to reading more of her novels and discovering new worlds and interesting people through her wonderful books.

Comments

  1. I have both books on my tbr list and I appreciate your review – I’ll read them in order.

  2. I have both books on my tbr list and I appreciate your review – I’ll read them in order.

  3. I am not sure how it happened, but I’ve had a copy of this book for a few years a least. Obviously not the Sourcebooks edition, though! I’ll have to read it soon- I really enjoyed The Greatest Knight.

  4. I am not sure how it happened, but I’ve had a copy of this book for a few years a least. Obviously not the Sourcebooks edition, though! I’ll have to read it soon- I really enjoyed The Greatest Knight.

  5. I agree that it was William and Isabelle together that really made this novel, it is why I liked it even so much more than “The Greatest Knight,” because of that extra element.

  6. I agree that it was William and Isabelle together that really made this novel, it is why I liked it even so much more than “The Greatest Knight,” because of that extra element.

  7. I loved THE GREATEST KNIGHT so it’s good to know that this one is good too!

  8. I loved THE GREATEST KNIGHT so it’s good to know that this one is good too!

  9. It’s nice to see that this is as solid as her first book.

  10. It’s nice to see that this is as solid as her first book.

  11. I just finished this one myself. Was misty eyed by the end. Great book and well worth the read.

  12. I just finished this one myself. Was misty eyed by the end. Great book and well worth the read.

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