Adam de Guirande has cause to believe the turbulent times are behind him. Hugh Despenser is dead, and Edward II is forced to abdicate in favor of his young son. It is time to look forward to a bright new world in which the young king, guided by his council, heals his kingdom and restores its greatness. But the turmoil is far from over.
England in the early months of 1327 is a country in need of stability, and many turn with hope toward the new young king, Edward III. But Edward is too young to rule, so instead, it is his mother, Queen Isabella, and her lover, Roger Mortimer, who do the actual governing, much to the dislike of barons such as Henry of Lancaster.
When it is announced that Edward II has died in September of 1327, what has so far been a grumble grows into voluble protests against Mortimer. Yet again, the specter of rebellion haunts the land, and things are further complicated by the reappearance of one of Adam’s personal enemies. Soon enough, he and his beloved wife Kit are fighting for their survival—even more so when Adam is given a task that puts them both in the gravest of dangers.
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“Belfrage is a born storyteller, and she obviously has done exceptional research…Under the Approaching Dark is commendable, highly recommended historical fiction.”
Historical Novel Society (Editor’s Choice)
“Under the Approaching Dark is a joy to read from beginning to end.”
“As always, Anna is a master carver of words and plot in order to bring you a drama rich in history, resistance, tragedy, tension, love, and survival.”
— Oh, for the Hook of a Book
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About Anna Belfrage
Had Anna Belfrage been allowed to choose, she’d have become a professional time traveler. As this was impossible, she instead authored the acclaimed Graham Saga, a time-traveling series set in the seventeenth century. Her latest series is set in the 1320s and features Adam de Guirande, his wife Kit, and their adventures during Roger Mortimer’s rise to power.
About Greg Patmore
Greg Patmore became an actor and voice artist in his midforties and has enjoyed a varied career on stage, screen, and in the voice-over studio ever since. Books have always played a huge role in his life. He won an Audie Award in 2019, an Audiofile Earphones Award in February 2019, and was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2018. Best known on TV as Good ’Lias Hatfield in the Golden Globe and Emmy award–winning Hatfields & McCoys, alongside Kevin Costner, Greg is also a composer and musician, lives as much as possible on a beautiful Dutch Barge somewhere in the middle of France, and is a passionate follower of Rugby League and supporter of the world famous Wigan Warriors.