February 28, 2018

The Cold Light of Dawn by Anna Belfrage - Review and Giveaway

I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own

Book details
The Cold Light of Dawn by Anna Belfrage
Publication Date: February 16, 2018
Matador & TimeLight Press
eBook & Paperback; 434 Pages
Series: The King's Greatest Enemy, Book #4
Genre: Historical Fiction

Book description
After Henry of Lancaster’s rebellion has been crushed early in 1329, a restless peace settles over England. However, the young Edward III is no longer content with being his regents’ puppet, no matter that neither Queen Isabella nor Roger Mortimer show any inclination to give up their power. Caught in between is Adam de Guirande, torn between his loyalty to the young king and that to his former lord, Roger Mortimer. Edward III is growing up fast. No longer a boy to be manipulated, he resents the power of his mother, Queen Isabella, and Mortimer. His regents show little inclination of handing over their power to him, the rightful king, and Edward suspects they never will unless he forces their hand. Adam de Guirande is first and foremost Edward’s man, and he too is of the opinion that the young king is capable of ruling on his own. But for Adam siding with his king causes heartache, as he still loves Roger Mortimer, the man who shaped him into who he is. Inevitably, Edward and his regents march towards a final confrontation. And there is nothing Adam can do but pray and hope that somehow things will work out. Unfortunately, prayers don’t always help. The Cold Light of Dawn is the fourth in Anna Belfrage’s series, The King’s Greatest Enemy, the story of a man torn apart by his loyalties to his lord and his king. 

Meet the Author - Anna Belfrage
Anna was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result she’s multilingual and most of her reading is historical- both non-fiction and fiction. Possessed of a lively imagination, she has drawers full of potential stories, all of them set in the past. She was always going to be a writer – or a historian, preferably both. Ideally, Anna aspired to becoming a pioneer time traveller, but science has as yet not advanced to the point of making that possible. Instead she ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for her most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career Anna raised her four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive… For years she combined a challenging career with four children and the odd snatched moment of writing. Nowadays Anna spends most of her spare time at her writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and she slips away into her imaginary world, with her imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in her life pops his head in to ensure she’s still there. Other than on her website, www.annabelfrage.com, Anna can mostly be found on her blog,  http://annabelfrage.wordpress.com – unless, of course, she is submerged in writing her next novel. You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads

My thoughts
This was a good addition to one of my favorite historical series. I really like this author's writing style and how she feels the story with enough details to keep you interested until the last page. In fact she leaves you wanting more when you are done. I also like how all the author's research shows through in all the historical details she used. Following Kit and Adam's story was interesting to me and I felt like I had known them forever by the time the story was over. The author's writing style makes this book easy to read and you don't want to put it down. I look forward to whatever she has in store for us next.

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a complete set of The King's Greatest Enemy series to one winner & two winners will win a paperback copy of The Cold Light of Dawn! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on March 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. The Cold Light of Dawn

Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, February 26 

Tuesday, February 27 
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books 

Wednesday, February 28 
Review at A Holland Reads 

Thursday, March 1 

Friday, March 2 
Review at Book Drunkard 

Monday, March 5 
Review at A Bookaholic Swede 

Tuesday, March 6 

Wednesday, March 7 

Friday, March 9 
Review at A Chick Who Reads 

Monday, March 12 
Review at Pursuing Stacie 

Tuesday, March 13 

Thursday, March 15
Feature at Passages to the Past 

Friday, March 16 
Interview at Dianne Ascroft's Blog 

Monday, March 19 

Wednesday, March 21 
Feature at A Literary Vacation 

Thursday, March 22 
Review at Back Porchervations 

Friday, March 23 
Feature at Button Eyed Reader 

Monday, March 26 

Wednesday, March 28 
Review at Broken Teepee 
Review at Impressions In Ink 

Friday, March 30 
Review at Bookramblings


  1. Thanks for your thoughts. I have to start reading this series .
    Carol Luciano
    Lucky4750 at aol dot com

  2. Thank you for a lovely review! Apologies for coming late to the party with this comment, but I've been in hospital for some days. Let's just say I am currently VERY happy I live in a day and age where surgery involves anaesthetics :)