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In the Shadow of Lions (Chronicles of the Scribe Book 1)

“I am the first writer, The Scribe. My books lie open before the Throne, and someday will be the only witness of your people and their time in this world. The stories are forgotten here, and the Day draws close. I will tell you one of my stories. You will record it.”
So begins the narration of one such angel in this sweeping historical tale set during the reign of England’s Henry VIII. It is the story of two women, their guardian angels, and a mysterious, subversive book , a book that outrages some, inspires others, and launches the Protestant Reformation. The devout Anne Boleyn catches the eye of a powerful king and uses her influence to champion an English translation of the Biblical ??Scriptures the common people could read for themselves. Meanwhile, Rose, a broken, suicidal woman of the streets, is moved to seek God when she witnesses Thomas More’s public displays of Christian charity, ignorant of his secret life spent eradicating the same book, persecuting anyone who dares read it. Historic figures come alive in this thrilling story of heroes and villains, saints and sinners, angels and mortals … and the sacred book that will inspire you anew.

I didn’t finish this book. As quick of a read as it was, I just couldn’t finish it. The premise sounded interesting and different. I thought it would fit nicely in terms of timing too, since I have just finished watching the first season of The Tudors on Netflix. But I was so confused as to what was going on, in terms of this Scribe who shows up a dying editor’s hospital bed, forcing her to write down this true history. Who was this Scribe? Was it Death? Someone else? Apparently there was a mystery as to why this woman was chosen to wrote it down, some connection to Anne or Rose. But as you can tell, I wasn’t invested enough to continue and find out.

And when were these “guardian angels” supposed to show up? Or were they even supposed to show up at all? I got halfway through the book and no angels of any sort, just the idea that someone was protecting Rose from being run over on a road. And what was Rose’s big crime that she was so ashamed of? Was she a prostitute? Did she sleep with someone she shouldn’t have slept with? I don’t know!

And Henry VIII might as well have been some other generic suitor of Anne’s. Nothing about his character stood out for me.

And Anne! Such a  pious lady and a stark contrast to the characterization on The Tudors.

The constant interruptions of the Scribe and the editor conversing and writing really felt jarring. I think that was one of the reasons I kept feeling lost. A few pages of Anne, and few pages of Rose, oh look we’re back in the present again for no reason at all…

As you can see, lots of questions but not not enough interest to find out the answers….

So this book wasn’t for me. Maybe it will be for someone else. It’s in PBS rotation, waiting to be requested.

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