Book Review | The Sixth Surrender
Title: The Sixth Surrender: A Novel
Author: Hana Samek Norton
The Sixth Surrenderwas a well-written book, it kept me interested and I finished it in two days. Juliana de Charnais is the last of her line and has spent the years since her father’s death in a cloister as ‘Sister Eustace’. The mother of the king, Ali of Aquitaine, is residing inside the convent walls and is trying to keep his enemies from dethroning him. Her son, Richard Lionheart is dead and his brother, King John is blithely ignoring his mother’s warnings and an uprising is eminent. Ali has a solution for Juliana, marry one of the king’s loyal warriors and she’ll be able to retain her property. The warrior she has in mind is Guerin de Lasalle, a mercenary who does not want to marry. Through coercion and blackmail she brings these two together.
The Lusignans, a very large family, is not loyal to the King and want to see Philip of France take the throne. They have an eye on Juliana’s property, Tillieres, and are not above using trickery to get it. Guerin and Juliana start out their life together having to defend their property and their lives from the intrigue of two courts, their distrust of one another and the secrets they are keeping from each other.
Hana Samek Norton delivers a well-researched story with a tangled plot. I recommend this book and hope you enjoy it even half as much as I did.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*