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Devil s Brood is an absolute rollercoaster of a novel Now in my mind, there are two types of rollercoaster novels One kind swings wildly from one extreme of emotion to another, melodramatically creating mountains out of molehills, its plot twists coming out of nowhere, the kind of rollercoaster that leaves you feeling queasy and desperately wanting to get off The other kind of rollercoaster novel sweeps you up and off you go, the highs and lows built up ahead of time, creating anticipation, Devil s Brood is an absolute rollercoaster of a novel Now in my mind, there are two types of rollercoaster novels One kind swings wildly from one extreme of emotion to another, melodramatically creating mountains out of molehills, its plot twists coming out of nowhere, the kind of rollercoaster that leaves you feeling queasy and desperately wanting to get off The other kind of rollercoaster novel sweeps you up and off you go, the highs and lows built up ahead of time, creating anticipation, but, when they come, eventhrilling and exciting than you thought, every momen There is one thing you can t fault Penman for and that s her research It s thorough, copious and usually factual, almost OCD in places But what I do fault her for is her need to include every single word of it in her novels This one was so bloated by research that it floated belly up slowing the narrative, distancing characters from the reader and was downright tedious distracting in places And as fascinating as most of the information was although I could well have lived without kno There is one thing you can t fault Penman for and that s her research It s thorough, copious and usually factual, almost OCD in places But what I do fault her for is her need to include every single word of it in her novels This one was so bloated by research that i Rating 3.5 starsI read historical fiction for two reasons to learn and to be entertained.There s no doubt that Penman s research is impeccable As a new reader to this era, I now feel I know the story of Henry II, his sons, their rebellions and their contemporaries very well The information given is interesting and thorough I couldn t have asked for a fuller,complete picture.The entertainment side was less successful for me In her q If Eleanor of Aquitaine s marriage to King Henry II wasn t passionate and tumultuous enough it gets evenspiced up when their sons rebel against their father with Eleanor s aid resulting in her captivity house arrest Sharon Kay Penman leaves the drama of the murder of Thomas Becket behind in Time and Chance and follows the family breakdown with the third book revolving around Henry and Eleanor in, Devil s Brood Devil s Brood follows familiar ground with the subject of Eleanor and H If Eleanor of Aquitaine s marriage to King Henry II wasn t passionate and tumultuous enough it gets evenspiced up when their sons rebel against their father with Eleanor s aid resulting in her captivity house arrest Sharon Kay Penman leaves the drama of the murder of Thomas Becket behind in Time and Chance and follows the family breakdown with the third book revolving around Henry and Eleanor in, Devil s Brood Devil s Brood follows familiar ground with the subject of Eleanor and Henry but Penman breaks some ground with her style Devil s Brood is noticeably the strongest after the first two books both in writing and story Instead of a slow beginning in usual Penman fashion in which she spends too much time setting the scene, establishing characters, and recalling past events Penman finally jumps right into the story and keeps a steady pace which heightens the emotional accessibility of the story Devil s Brood still features a lot of discussing of events versus living them but the share of this The Long Awaited And Highly Anticipated Final Volume In Penman S Trilogy Of Henry II And Eleanor Of Aquitaine A Tumultuous Conclusion To This Timeless Story Of Love, Power, Ambition, And Betrayal Where The Second Novel In The Trilogy, Time And Chance, Dealt With The Extraordinary Politics Of The Twelfth Century, Climaxing With The Murder Of Thomas Becket And Henry S Confrontation With The Church And Self Imposed Exile To Ireland, Devil S Brood Centers On The Implosion Of A Family And Because It Is A Royal Family Whose Domains Span The English Channel And Whose Alliances Encompass The Christian World, That Collapse Will Have Dire Consequences This Is A Story Of Betrayal As Henry S Three Eldest Sons And His Wife Enter Into A Rebellion Against Him, Aligning Themselves With His Bitterest Enemy, King Louis Of France But It Is Also The Story Of A Great King Whose Brilliance Forged An Empire But Whose Personal Blind Spots Led Him Into The Most Serious Mistake Of His Life Sharon Kay Penman Has Created A Novel Of Tremendous Power, As Two Strong Willed, Passionate People Clash, A Family Divides, And A Marriage Ends In All But Name Curiously, It Is A Novel Without Villains Only Flawed Human Beings Caught Up In Misperceptions And Bad Judgment Calls Most Devastating To Henry Was Not His Sons Rebellion But His Wife S Betrayal In Joining Them How Could It Happen That Two People Whose Love For Each Other Was All Consuming End Up As Bitter Adversaries That Is The Heart Of Penman S Tale In Devil S Brood Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine thought they had it all the greatest empire since Charlemagne, healthy children including the heir and several to spare so how did it all go so wrong The Devil s Brood takes up the story where Time and Chance left off with the murder of Thomas Becket, as Henry returns from his self imposed exile to This story is several hundred pages of epic dissension between brothers, sons and father, and husband and wife cheered on by those wanting to shatter the empire said to rival that of Charlemagne s, and supported by their expedient sycophants I would jump off to their time if I only could and give each of Henry s four sons a smack in the head for being so self serving and power hungry, for still wantingof the pie when they were already given their share, for brewing deception and discord a This story is several hundred pages of epic dissension between brothers, sons and father, and husband and wife cheered on by those wanting to shatter the empire said to rival that of Charlemagne s, and supported by their expedient sycophants I would jump off to their time if I only could and give each of Henry s four sons a smack in the head for being so self serving and power hungry, for still wantingof th I have enjoyed Ms Penman s writing for many years She seems to be able to accurately craft characters and scenes that are true to life within the context of their age She is one of the few medieval writers that can describe strong female characters, and yet does not pander to an audience, or seem to cross the line in modernizing them At least that is how it seems to me Her Eleanor of Aquitaine is amazing in this book She is the most three dimensional and conflicted of all of the major char I have enjoyed Ms Penman s writing for many years She seems to be able to accurately craft characters and scenes that are true to life within the context of their age She is one of the few medieval writers that can describe strong female characters, and yet does not pander to an audience, or seem to cross the line in modernizing them At least that is how it seems to me Her Eleanor of Aquitaine is amazing in this book She is the most three dimensional and conflicted of all of the major characters presented.The only thing I would like to seeoften in Ms Penman s books are stories seen through the eyes of the peasantry The poor souls who fight, work and die so that all these nobles can play their high stakes political games Her books focuses solely There is much less in the way of historical error in this book Ms Penman s research has tightened up and become outstanding, by fiction standards and actually by historical standards I have read less convincing historians.This very comprehensively tells the story of the dysfunctional family dynamics that tore the family of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine apart, the tragedy of the death of two sons and the heartrending end of Henry himself Along the way, we also get the story of William Mar There is much less in the way of historical error in this book Ms Penman s research has tightened up and become outstanding, by fiction standards and actually by historical standards I have read less convincing historians.This very comprehensively tells the story of the dysfunctional family dynamics that tore the family of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine apart, the tragedy of the death of two s I m seeing Richard I of England in whole new light and it s as dim as a gutting candlebut I digress Richard is a product of his time and that time was dark and disturbing.Ms Penman once again makes medieval life and history as palpable as what we see on the news today, the persons as real, whole and flawed as ourselves separated by a thousand years Devil s Brood concludes the story of Henry II of England and his queen Eleanor Duchess of Aquitaine and concentrates on the ill fated r I m seeing Richard I of England in whole new light and it s as dim as a gutting candlebut I digress Richard is a product of his time and that time was dark and disturbing.Ms Penman once again makes medieval life and history as palpable as what we see on the news today, the persons as real, whole and flawed as ourselves separated by a thousand years Devil s Brood concludes the story of Henry II of England and his queen Eleanor Duchess of Aquitaine and concentrates on the ill fated rebellions of Henry and Eleanor s sons, The young king Hal, crowned during