Reviews: Shadows and strongholds – Elizabeth Chadwick

Nothing worthwhile is easy. Not becoming a knight. Not when you don’t fit in anywhere.

Brunin Fitzwarin knows this better than anyone. Lost in his own home, he’s now a knight-in-training to the Lord of Ludlowโ€”and still utterly alone. That is, until the youngest daughter of the house befriends him.

But England is in turmoil, and Brunin must fight with his lord to support King Stephen for the English crown.

As the war rages on and his particularly close to home, Brunin must defeat the shadows of his childhood and take on the mantle of knight, confronting the future head on.

A rich tale of coming of age in a world where chivalry is a luxury few can afford. Shadows and Strongholds is a tale of earning your place and finding your way home.
My thoughts:
I do love Chadwick’s books. There is just this feel to them. They even make me want to live in that age. Even if I totally would have been dead by now.
This on is about Brunin FitzWarin, another character found in the mists of time. He was sent away for fostering, grew up and married the daughter of the house. But the story has more to tell than that. There is the shaky ground his family sits on regarding their lands. And the same thing is true about the de Dinan family. There is always someone else who has claim. And of course the beginning of the book also shows the power struggle for the English throne.
And midst all that we have a boy growing up, he is made to be unsure of himself (he did not have the easiest time at home). But he grows into a strong and sensible young man. Hawise de Dinan is a nice heroine, strong, but willful. There is also some rivalry between her and her foster sister (who I wanted to smack, that idiot!). I like the way she portrays daily life, because even when there was war and campaigns life went on. It was a rough life, but interesting to read about.
What more can I say than this was another Chadwick win for me.

Pages: 544
Genre: Historical fiction
Published: March 5th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: for review


40 thoughts on “Reviews: Shadows and strongholds – Elizabeth Chadwick

  1. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings says:

    I would be terrified to live in that time period so many senseless executions. I just read that in Firebrand, which I think you need to read. I have been wanting to read a Chadwick book and now you have just reminded me to do so ASAP

  2. Melissa (Books and Things) says:

    Chadwick=Blodeuedd. Seriously, that is what I associate this author… you! ๐Ÿ˜€ I so need to pick up her books. I have at least one in my tbr because of you… just need the time. So glad this was another win.

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    Oh yes you need to read one, I have loved her books for ages! I still remember my first one and I was in love (I was also too young for adult books, but I never did care, haha)

  4. Mary @ BookSwarm says:

    It's terrible that I've never read a Chadwick! The blurb and your review make me want to run out and read this right now (hey, I might just do that!). And I quite like the cover, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Diana Leigh says:

    I love Chadwick's books. Glad to hear this one was a winner too. I just noticed that the pinky on my left hand is slightly crooked – eek! I would have been burned at the stake with you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Lauren Elizabeth says:

    I would never survive in that time, but I do love reading about it! :-)This one sounds fantastic, and I've never read a Chadwick. I definitely need to add this one to my TBR. Great review!

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