The Last Wife of Attila the Hun
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
by Joan Schweighardt
Paperback; eBook; 272 Pages
Genre: Literary/Historical Fiction
Two threads are flawlessly woven together in this sweeping historical novel. In one, Gudrun, a Burgundian noblewoman, dares to enter the City of Attila to give its ruler what she hopes is a cursed sword; the second reveals the unimaginable events that have driven her to this mission.
Based in part on the true history of the times and in part on the same Nordic legends that inspired Wagner’s Ring Cycle and other great works of art, The Last Wife of Attila the Hun offers readers a thrilling story of love, betrayal, passion and revenge, all set against an ancient backdrop itself gushing with intrigue. Lovers of history and fantasy alike will find realism and legend at work in Joan Schweighardt’s latest offering.
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Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
After I finished reading Stephanie Thorntons' " The Wife of the Conqueror" "The Last Wife of Attila the Hun" was a perfect book to follow. I really knew nothing about Attila the Hun, I have heard of him in my history classes but no personal details stand out. I really liked the historical information that Schweighardt included and I really learned a lot and it gave me a great perspective of the time period. Gudrun was a fascinating character. Her love story with Sigurd was touching and sweet. The sequence of times was well done and I was quickly thrown into Gudrun's earlier life and it gave me a glimpse into what shaped her. I really enjoyed this story, found it to be original and compelling.
Praise"The hero-tales of the Germanic peoples form a glowing thread in the tapestry of European literature. The Last Wife of Attila the Hun presents one of the greatest of those legends from a woman’s perspective, with emotion as well as action, bringing new meaning to an ancient tale." – Diana L. Paxson, author of the Wodan’s Children trilogy, and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Priestess of Avalon
"Richly woven, yet simply told, The Last Wife of Attila the Hun is an epic delivered in lucid and lyric verse. Schweighardt creates a mesmerizing story deserving to be read aloud and celebrated like all the world’s best tales." – Julie Shigekuni, author of A Bridge Between Us, Invisible Gardens and Unending Nova.
About the AuthorJoan Schweighardt is the author of five novels. A former independent publisher, she makes her living editing, writing and ghostwriting for private and corporate clients.
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