Solomon’s Crown

Dell. Mar. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780593597842. pap. $17. M/M ROMANCE
DEBUT Romance readers will thrill to the star-crossed love affair between Richard the Lionheart and Philip Augustus of France in Siegel’s first novel. Taking stories and speculation from medieval history, she rewrites them, ignoring or changing historical events as necessary to ensure an optimistic ending. Historical fiction fans who find this book will revel in the rich details of setting, character, and events, even as they may bemoan the changes made to documented history. Romance readers, on the other hand, will eagerly turn the pages as the young king of France and the celebrated warrior and future king of England navigate politics, expectations, and family rivalries while also trying to remain true to each other—despite their knowledge that the fate of kings is rarely determined by their own desires.
VERDICT The love story between Richard and Philip is achingly romantic, but some readers may be disappointed by the lack of a lasting happily-ever-after. Those who can accept that part of the ending will find themselves swept away into a heart-wrenching, romantic historical saga.
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