March 8, 2010

The White Horse King (The Life of Alfred the Great) by Benjamin Merkle

The White Horse King is a book written about the life of Alfred the Great as he led the kingdoms of Britain in a battle against the vikings and then afterward as "he sparked a literary renaissance, restructured Britain's roadways, revised the legal codes, and revived Christian learning and worship." In other words, it's a historical fiction book written about an underdog king who beat out the Vikings and overhauled the British ways of learning and worship.

When I picked up this book I thought it was going to be an adventure story mingled with history like other historical fiction novels I've read. The problem for me was that the writing was in more of a histortical format than a compelling storyline, and really I just got bored. After the fifth chapter of the wars between the Brits and vikings, I just wanted to stop reading because Alfred's life is nowhere near as exciting as say Cleopatra. The author did do a good job of portraying Alfred the Great in an "underdog" type of feel, a man who came up against all odds and with the help of God was able to overcome great obstacles.

If you like history, then this book might be for you. It wasn't for me because of the subject matter, but the writing was easy enough to read and understand. 3 stars.
Note: I received this book for free to review through the Book Sneeze blogger program. This review is my honest opinion on the book.

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