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What a privilege to have the opportunity to be one of the first to read The Broken Spear: Reformation Rising, the first in a new series by the award-winning author Ruth Ann Ellinger. Historical fiction with a base in true history and family ties is some of my favorite books to read and from the first page, the reader is engrossed in the familial relationships and ties and potential adventure and strife that lay ahead. Ruth Ellinger is a gifted author of intrigue and drama.
The Broken Spear by Ruth Ann Ellinger sheds a bright light on the complexities of the Scottish Reformation and its effect on the clans and people of Scotland. History comes alive through her characters’ struggles to make sense of the intrigues surrounding the Scottish court and the possible catastrophic effects those intrigues might have on Clan Carmichael. Faith and loyalty are tested and sacrifices must be made for the good of the country, the church, and most especially, for family. A fine read for fans of historical fiction set in Scotland.
A knighted retired soldier, patriarch of the family, the heir, the glue that held the family together as they faced the ravages of the Papal Inquisition in Scotland.
The second son who guarded the family estate and warned believers of an upcoming raid on their meetings. He was known as the “Reformation Rider” and was ready for an armed revolt.
William’s only son, a horse whisperer who maintained and trained horses for the young King James V of Scotland. He followed in his father’s footsteps…until he met Jenny.
Sir John’s daughter, the darling of the family, Peter’s childhood companion. The young King James sent a royal summons for her to come to court…as his mistress. To refuse meant exile or death.
(Jenny), daughter of a devout Papist, a seeker of truth who secretly bought a smuggled copy of the forbidden New Testament in English and received a sound beating for it.