Title: The Price of Blood
Author: Patricia Bracewell
Publish Date: February 5, 2015
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "In The Price of Blood,
Bracewell returns to 1006 when a beleaguered Æthelred, still haunted by
his brother’s ghost, governs with an iron fist and a royal policy that
As tensions escalate and enmities solidify,
Emma forges alliances to protect her young son from ambitious men—even
from the man she loves. In the north there is treachery brewing, and
when Viking armies ravage England, loyalties are shattered and no one is
safe from the sword.
Rich with intrigue, compelling personalities, and fascinating detail about a little-known period in history, The Price of Blood will captivate fans of both historical fiction and fantasy novels such as George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series."
My Two Cents:
"The Price of Blood" is the second book in Patricia Bracewell's Emma of Normandy trilogy. In this book, Emma has grown into her own a little bit more. She is still married to King Aethelred. Although, their marriage has really not gotten any better from the first book. She is also a mother and will do anything to make sure that her children are safe.
I continued to really like Emma in this book. Again she shows that even though she's a medieval woman and doesn't have all that much power, she is able to do what she can in order to try to protect her children. I always like a strong character and in this book, Emma is definitely strong. The stakes of this book are even higher than before. Her family finds themselves in the middle of a war that threatens their reign.
This book had me wanting more. According to Goodreads, there is no third book in the trilogy listed and therefore I'm not sure when the third book will be released. Unfortunately for me, that means I have a while until I get back to Emma end the other fantastic characters in this book. I really enjoyed the first book in the series but in many ways, that book felt like a introduction to the characters. There was a lot more action as things are changing for Emma and her family. This is definitely a book where you should read the first book first. This is great historical fiction so don't be disappointed if you get to the end of this book and like me are already awaiting the third book in the trilogy!