It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
What I Am Reading Now:
The Regnate raised a bejewelled hand and sat back, awaiting the sight of blood and savage death with pleasant anticipation.
Life in the Commonwealth of Sutherland is far from content.
The Regnate rules his land with an iron fist, and has done for 25 years. Exactly the same as the previous Regnate. And many more before him. Every 25 years, the heirs of the eight High Houses battle to the death to earn the crown of Regnate.
After a brutal tournament, John of the House of the Red Dog emerges victorious. John is a fair, noble and compassionate human being. Surely he will not allow the people to suffer the same injustices as his predecessors. Yet, after a couple of days, all the old principles are clearly there to stay.
John’s brother, Tom, cannot believe his brother is that cruel. When he is finally granted an audience with the new Regnate, he is shocked to discover the grisly truth. Determined to unveil the truth of what has happened to the Regnate, Tom refuses to succumb to his predicament, and finds some unlikely allies in his quest.
Will their combined forces be able to save their Commonwealth? Or is the power they face too great to overcome?
Regnate is packed full of action with fantasy and magic bursting from every page.
What I Plan on Reading This Week:
AD 1618 — Post-Reformation Central Europe is on the verge of a cataclysmic new religious conflict—the Thirty Years War—that will ultimately lead to the deaths of eight million and the dramatic alteration of European civilization.
When Peter Erhart, a young German Lutheran, comes to the aid of a frightened Catholic boy named Hans Mannheim on the day of the war’s outbreak in Prague, he embarks on a life journey that will severely test his courage, humanity, and faith. A decade later, Peter, now married and pastoring in Magdeburg, Germany, sees this test begin in earnest when powerful rivals threaten his career and the war engulfs the city.
As the Catholic imperial army approaches, Peter encounters Anna Ritter, a peasant girl of uncommon beauty and wit who has secretly adored him for years. Each must fight bravely for survival of their families and friends when local villains invade countryside cottages and the army, led by an awe-inspiring Black Knight, besieges the city.
At the pinnacle of their trial, unthinkable tragedy unites Peter and Anna and links their fates with Hans, now a grown man with a reputation to prove. Will faith and forgiveness prevail over despair and death when the three face together their ultimate test in the siege’s horrific aftermath?
Recalling one of the last times and places in history when religion and state were inseparable, where warrior kings and ambitious nobles personally led their armies in battle, and fully armored knights fought to preserve the honor of their dying tradition, Hope of Ages Past captures the reality of 17th Century religious war in a compelling story of faith and love—a story that, once begun, will be hard for the reader to put down.
**Hope of Ages Past offers a thrilling, continually evolving panorama of international religious warfare, intrigue, family love, and romance.**