Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell & Giveaway (US only)

February 7th, 2013


Shadow on the Crown is the debut novel of Patricia Bracewell and it releases today!  This novel is the perfect blend of historical fact and fiction and lucky for us the first in a planned trilogy by the author.  In Shadow on the Crown, Patricia Bracewell has brought alive Queen Emma of England and weaved us a tale of what her life may have been like back in medieval times.  The author has taken liberties with the story which she explains in the author’s note but the story stays true to the actual characters in history as well as the events.  To me this is what historical fiction should be – a novel that gives me just enough fact not to be bored and then a story that fully captures my attention.  I am already anxiously awaiting the second novel in this trilogy.

In the year 1002, Emma of Normandy is just fifteen years old when she is crowned Queen Emma of England and married to King Athelred.  She is in a world totally unfamiliar to her and King Athelred isn’t all that happy to have her there; so much so that he doesn’t even meet her when she arrives.  Her first meetings with the King don’t go well as he doesn’t trust her and he’s a cruel man and this seems to set the tone for their relationship as it goes forth.  As Emma tries to gain a hold on her place with the English she finds that the King, who is a bit of a wanderer, has a woman on the side who is showing herself to be a rival to Emma and one who needs to be stopped.  As is the life of any Queen, Emma needs to produce an heir and if she can’t she knows that her position as Queen is precarious at best.

Just as Emma knows that a son could secure her place and future as Queen, so do Athelred’s sons and they too do not trust Emma at all.  If she does produce a son he could easily take their place as heir to the throne as he will be the one son actually born to a Queen and not just a consort.  Yet as time goes on Emma finds herself drawn to King Athelred’s eldest son and yet she realizes that no good can come of that.  For Emma there is no one she can truly trust other than herself and her only goal in life is to produce a son and then guard him with her life.

I liked Emma as a character.  I have read one other book on her years ago so she wasn’t entirely unknown to me.  At times it seems frustrating to read about women back in this time because they seem to give in so easily to those around them that are in power.  It is those times though that you have to remember how different things were for women then.  Girls were forced into being women long before their time.  I’m looking forward to seeing how her character develops in the two novels to come.

Shadow on the Crown is a novel full of court intrigue, ambition, betrayal, and love.  It is a must read for historical fiction fans and one that I loved!  You can learn more about Patricia on her website as well as Facebook, and Twitter.   There is also a reader’s guide for Shadow on the Crown making it a great book club selection and you can pick up your own copy of the novel at Amazon,, B&N, and IndieBound.



I have one copy of Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell to share with my readers.  To enter…

  • For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • For 2 entries, follow my blog.  If you already do let me know so I can pass the entry on to you as well.
  • For 3 entries, blog or tweet this giveaway.

This giveaway is open to US residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, February 23/13.  Good luck!

Source: Review copy provided by Viking via NetGalley. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

53 Comments to “Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell & Giveaway (US only)”

  1. I love the sound of this one. I also love that cover. I’ve read little historical fiction during this time period.

  2. Vicky CK says:

    I love historical fiction and this one sound great.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. Vicky CK says:

    I’m an email & GFC follower (Vicky CK).


  4. Vicky CK says:

    I tweeted this:


  5. I haven’t Read much from this era. And I’ve never heard of Queen Emma. But this Book sounds very good.

    GFC follower

  6. I haven’t read a lot of historical fiction set during this time period at all!!! This book sounds fantastic!

    – GFC Follower
    – I tweeted

  7. Lara Frame Newell says:

    This is one time period I know relatively little about and have never heard of Emma (but I really love that name!). I would like to be entered to win a copy.

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  8. ellie says:

    This historical sounds wonderful. thanks. I am an e-mail subscriber.

  9. Anne says:

    thanks for this great novel giveaway. I subscribe via e-mail.

  10. Liz V. says:

    So many nice reviews for Shadow on the Crown. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. amyc says:

    This really sounds like my kind of read. Thank you!

  12. amyc says:

    I’m a follower.

  13. Kim Cree says:

    Would love to win this book! I follow your blog.

  14. Carol Wong says:

    I never heard of Queen Emma so already excited. I like that you said in your review that I liked her character. Want to read this book!


  15. Carol Wong says:

    I follow your blog with GFC as Carol N Wong and by e-mail as CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com.

  16. Carol Wong says:

    I tweeted:

    Fingers crossed!


  17. Carl says:

    I’ve been waiting for this book to come out, it does look particularly good to me even though I am not very familiar with Emma yet. Thanks for the giveaway. I’d love to win a copy.

    I follow your blog by email: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    I also tweeted about the giveaway:

    Thanks again!

  18. Janine says:

    I would like to enter, this book sounds marvelous, and I am a blog follower.

  19. pamela james says:

    Sounds like a ggod historical fiction.
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  20. pamela james says:

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  21. Terry Martini says:

    I really, really want to read this one! I don’t know much about this time period and would love to learn more. I follow by email. tmrtini at gmail dot com

  22. Staci says:

    I like the idea of learning more about Emma!!!

  23. nan says:

    Love a good series. Thanks for the chance to win. I’m an email follower.


  24. Cyn209 says:

    would love to read Shadow on the Crown!!
    already added to my WishList!!
    i follow your blog…..

    thank you for the giveaway!!

  25. Meghan Stith says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve seen a lot about this book!!

  26. Meghan Stith says:

    I follow this blog via email:

  27. OHhh, my daughter would LOVE this one, thank you for the chance to win it for her.


  28. I follow your blog by GFC (wfnren), Networked Blogs (Wendy Newcomb) and email


  29. Kitty says:

    Thanks for letting us know about this book. Email subscriber.

  30. LilMissMolly says:

    Sounds like a great book! thanks for the giveaway!
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  31. karen says:

    Sounds like a book I’d like to read.

  32. karen says:

    Following you GFC-Karen

  33. Kate F. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love historical fiction!

  34. Rebecca Boardman says:

    love historical fiction.
    Thanks for the contest.

  35. patty says:

    I would love to read another book on Emma
    I follow by GFC

  36. blodeuedd says:

    I soooo wanna read this one. I have already read 2 books bout Emma and written an essay :)

  37. Linda B says:

    Queen Emma and the era in which she lived is a favorite with me. This book has been on the wish list since I first heard about it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I’m a Google follower

  38. Beth says:

    I’ve never read a book about Queen Emma before! This sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win!

    I’m a GFC follower & I tweeted here:

  39. Janet P. says:

    Would love to learn more about Queen Emma!

    I follow on Google Reader.

  40. Lisa S. says:

    It’s sounds very interesting. I haven’t read about Queen Emma but I’d love to find out about her :) I follow your blog

  41. Lisa S. says:

    I shared on FB, on Google & tweeted
    thanks for the giveaway!

  42. CherylS22 says:

    I love reading historical fiction. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

  43. CherylS22 says:

    GFC follower & RSS feed subscriber (Google Reader)

  44. Rebecca Boardman says:

    Would love to win this book. Sounds great.
    Thanks for the great give-a-way.

  45. mamabunny13 says:

    Sounds like a great book!
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  46. mamabunny13 says:

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  47. I’m so glad this book came out! I was wishing for it! New blog follower GFC and tweeted. Thanks!

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