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(Review) Child of the River by Irma Joubert

Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 395
Source: Self-purchase
Rating: Excellent

It has become rare for me to read Christian fiction books. I came across this book while browsing through the book display at Target. What caught my attention is the front cover. Most Christian fiction covers feature a beautiful young woman. No matter the time period, her hair will be sculpted to perfection, and she will have an airbrushed made face. Child of the River features a girl in a simple dress. Her hair is pulled back loosely. The emphasis is not on how lovely she looks, but on where she is walking-her environment. I recognized the publishing company, Thomas Nelson. I'm glad Target features their books.
Persomi is the main character. She is a young white girl living in the South African Bushveld. Her family is dirt poor. They are sharecroppers on the Fourie farm. Persomi is an intelligent girl who loves school, but s…

(Review) Oswiu: King of Kings,The Northumbrian Thrones III by Edoardo Albert

Publication Date: January 27, 2017
Publisher: Kregel
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, early part of the middle ages
Pages: 560
Edition: Paperback
Source: Free copy from Kregel
Rating: Excellent

Kregel link for more information


Links for further information on the historical Oswiu:
Early British Kingdoms

Edoardo Albert's website

My previous reviews of books one and two:
Edwin: High King of Britain
Oswald: Return of the King

Supplement information included in the book includes an introduction to the characters. An explanation is given for those characters who are historical and those who are fiction. A glossary of Anglo-Saxon terms. A Pronunciation key of the language. A four page synopsis of the previous books in The Northumbrian Thrones.

The story is divided into four parts.
"Part I: Raid
Part II: Family
Part III: Strife
Part IV: Reckoning"

When the story begins it has only been one season since Oswald's death. Oswald had been the king, a…