Saturday, January 8, 2011

Review: Aldric and Anneliese

Author submission in exchange for an honest review.

Aldric and Anneliese
Harry E. Gilleland, Jr.
Release Date:
Available Feb/March 2011
4RV Publishing
Word Count:
approx. 46,000
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Aldric and Anneliese is an action/adventure/romance fictional story set in the late sixth century in the region that is today’s Eastern Europe. It is the story of Aldric, a great warrior, and of his battles and his great loves. It is the story of Anneliese, treated cruelly by Fate but whose love saves Aldric from a lifetime of despair. It is a tale of nation-building, kings, knights, fair ladies, battles won and lost, triumph, betrayal, tragedy, revenge, redemption, and great loves. It is a story for the ages.

Ben’s Review:

Harry E. Gilleland, Jr. has a great ear for historical fiction, and has created a rousing romp in a fictitious but realistic country in 6th century Eastern Europe.  The palace intrigue and the romantic entanglements lead us on a merry chase through an age of chivalry and treason, loyalty and betrayal.  The twists and turns are sometimes surprising, but always fun to follow.

However, the novel is not really a romance.  In certain parts, it is a love story, but we do not even meet Anneliese until page sixty-nine, and the story of her and Aldric's love would not meet any of the traditional definitions of a romance.  That is not to say anything bad about the book, but fair warning to those in search of a happily-ever-after story.

Aldric and Anneliese is a short novel at 178 pages, but very satisfying. I liked it, and would recommend it to fans of medieval intrigue and chivalry.


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