Thursday, January 03, 2013

New This Week: Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman

Those who love to start into a new year with a book substantial enough to do some damage when dropped on their foot will enjoy Sharon Kay Penman’s critically acclaimed Lionheart, which came out in paperback on January 1st from Ballantine.

It’s 1189 and the newly crowned Richard II, son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, sets off from England to the Holy Land and the Crusades.

Penman’s skill at spinning historic events into believable human tales has been demonstrated in several novels since her debut with 1982’s The Sunne in Splendour, about the life of Richard III. That was 11 novels ago. Lionheart is worthy of those early efforts, with all of the depth, nuance and mastery that Penman is noted for. ◊

Monica Stark is a contributing editor to January Magazine. She currently makes her home on a liveaboard boat somewhere in the North Pacific.

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Blogger Sue Bursztynski said...

I'm currently rereading The Sunne In Splendour and enjoying it all over again. I have only read a total of three of this author's books - this one, the King John one and the Simon De Montfort one and you're right, you could do some serious damage to your foot with a Penman novel. Just as well mine are in paperback. ;-)

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