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It's tempting to describe the actinon in The Crown of Valencia, but then we'd reveal spoilers from The Spanish Pearl. Just know that once again, Kate Vincent finds herself in a mess, both romantically and time travel-wise. Romance, betrayal, intrigue, disobedient children, and religious fanaticism pack this tense conclusion to the epic adventure begun in The Spanish Pearl....

Title : The Crown of Valencia
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ISBN : 9781933110967
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Crown of Valencia Reviews

  • Rahnuma Khan
    2019-02-22 05:30

    3.5 star

  • M. Kei
    2019-03-18 22:18

    The Crown of Valencia is the sequel to Friend's first novel, the Spanish Pearl. The story takes place eight years later. Kate Vincent has adopted Arturo, who is now fourteen, a teenager, martial artist, and high school actor. Anna, her ex, hasn't been seen in eight years. Kate takes martial arts with her son and learns some unarmed combat so she isn't as useless as she was in the first book. Sadly, although the things that annoyed me about Kate in the first book have been rectified here, it's unsatisfying.Anna has made her way back to the 11th century, and thanks to her excruciating knowledge of history, a store of Viagra, and some unspecified addictive drugs, has managed to get control of Rodrigo Diaz, the man known to history and legend as El Cid. Anna's goal is to thwart El Cid's conquest of Valencia and enable Moorish Islam to take over the world. Anna believes that this more moderate form of Islam will make the world a better place. Kate has to set history straight so that the world as we know it won't cease to exist.Along the way Kate attempts to team up with her ex-lover, Elena Navarro, but Navarro isn't having her. Still disguised as a man, Navarro is leading Diaz's attack against the Moors, but Anna outs her, and she is run off by the outraged Christians. For some reason or other, she winds up rescuing Kate and fixing history, in spite of her own vowed desire for revenge on Diaz and the Moors. Navarro's personality in the first book was strong and consistent, but in the sequel her characterization is whatever suits the plot at the moment, and it was a real weakness.The author's command of 11th century Spain is an asset, and it's lovely to see multicultural characters who represent a variety of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim perspectives, so there's much to like about this book, but unfortunately, the story suffers from the sophomore curse and just doesn't hang together as well as the first one did. The humor that gave the first book its sparkle is gone; no witty repartee or attempts to teach black eunuchs about Malcolm X, and a good dose of humor definitely would have helped.You'll definitely need to read The Spanish Pearl to have any idea what's going on here.

  • Megan Nixon-sandberg
    2019-03-09 22:31

    I liked this book, though less than its predecessor. There wasn't as much romance in this one as in the first; I like my historical fiction to have a nice mix of adventure and romance, and like I said, this had less of the latter. What's more, I just couldn't bring myself to agree with a major decision Kate makes in the beginning of the book, so I found it difficult sometimes simply because I was cursing her so much! The author's writing is fun and fast paced without being too simplified, so that didn't detract from it for me. It was just the wanting to shake Kate through most of it! Also, vague spoilers, but the theme of this one seemed very baby crazy, and maybe it's just because that's so different from my own life experiences or what I want out of life, but I found that less than enjoyable. Overall, though, it was still good, and the ending is happy, which is important!

  • Michelle
    2019-02-20 22:26

    This is the sequel to The Spanish Pearl. Kate is living a happy life back in 10th century Spain, married to her love, Elena, who poses as a man and is a key figure in Rodrigo's army. When Kate finds out her ex-love (Anna) has come back in time under the pseudonym Paloma de Palma and has abandoned the boy t(Arturo) hey were to adopt, Kate makes the diffiicult choice of leaving her true love to take care of him. Seven years later, odd things start happening to 11th century documents and history begins to unravel. Kate must return to right the changes that Anna has made before her world is changed forever. There are many twists and turns as Kate meets old friends and enemies and a few big surprises as she tries to fix history. I enjoyed this tale, but not quite as much as the first, as some points/ plot aspects seemed a little forced. It was worth reading and I am glad she did a sequel after hinting at Anna's return in the first book.

  • R.K Merley
    2019-02-28 22:25

    I admit that this novel is not as enjoyable as Friend's last novel, the Spanish Pearl, as it didn't have the same humor and I found it was very fast paced towards the beginning. But even so, the words still sucked me in, almost like that ale, so addicting that I refused to drop it until I was finished with it. And even then, I stared at the book for a good minute and wondered if I should take a look at The Spanish Pearl again before I send it back to the library. I loved it, for the people who I wanted to die, died, and the people who I wanted to live, lived. And I'm so glad it ended the way it did.

  • D.
    2019-03-17 04:17

    I liked it, I admit it. It had quiet the drama, suspense, some acceptable amount of action and romance. Just like the previous one, I liked the characters, but some of them were really dumb. There's one part I did not liked, but that is not a good reason to affect the score, so I will ignore it. The ending was good, not REALLY good, but good anyways. It was great, but not to the point that I would give it perfect score.

  • Shauna
    2019-03-11 05:40

    A delightful sequel...I do not usually enjoy sequels, especially in romance but I enjoyed this one. usually they drag out a story unnecessarily that has already had its requisite happy ending; this was the exception. For those who enjoyed the Spanish Pearl, you will love this revisit and wrap up. still, this can stand alone without the first and is enjoyable and substantive on its own.

  • Erica
    2019-02-18 23:43

    (From my Amazon review)Catherine Friend 's book 'The Spanish Pearl' leaves you wanting more. Although you get a teaser at the end of the book, it doesn't feel finished. This is where 'The Crown of Valencia' steps in. It feels more action packed and has less romance than 'The Spanish Pearl' but it delivers the same level of gripping historical fiction. I'm not sure how the book would fare if read on it's own, but as a sequel it is fantastic.

  • Daina Rowell
    2019-03-13 05:42

    I loved this book! It had everything a girl could want in a book. Romance, swashbuckling, political intrigue, historical depictions and unique diverse ethnic flavors of life! Wish I could read another book like this series!

  • Alicia
    2019-02-19 02:23

    I really enjoyed this book, a cute above other lesbian fiction. Great story and well rounded characters.

  • Marisal
    2019-02-19 22:15

    I found myself genuinely worried and sad through a great deal of this book... Really pleased with how things progressed.

  • Sunny
    2019-03-04 00:18

    A great continuation of The Spanish Pearl. I really enjoyed both books. Not your typical lesbian romance!

  • Mariah Lebron
    2019-03-04 23:38

    Great sequel to The Spanish Pearl. Can't wait to read A Pirate's Heart next. Great Author.

  • TinyAsian
    2019-02-22 23:13

    Great adventure.

  • Lynnabelle
    2019-02-24 05:38

    Just as good as the Spanish Pearl...great read!

  • annebeth
    2019-02-19 23:13

    Another fun romp. The foreshadowing is a little heavy handed, but it is a historical romance after all. Fun fluff.

  • Dee
    2019-03-21 06:29

    I loved this! Mind you time travel would be so exciting! Several strong women confused by love, time and a desire to be a parent.