In The Shadow Of The Sun King – Book Review

November 20, 2008 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

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In The Shadow Of The Sun King is Golden Keyes Parsons’ debut fiction novel, published by Thomas Nelson. This historical fiction novel is based on historical fact, as well as the author’s family history.

In The Shadow Of The Sun King takes place in seventeenth century France and focuses on the conflict between the Huguenots (French Protestants) and Roman Catholics, the latter being the state religion. Even though a law was passed to recognize the Huguenots, it did not always guarantee them safety. King Louis XIV allowed Huguenot hospitals and schools to close, and forced the Protestant children to attend Catholic schools, many of which were kidnapped from their families and sent to schools or convents without the parents approval or knowledge. Times were not easily for Huguenots who choose not to convert to Catholicism.

This heart-wrenching, action-packed story is about Clavell family, mainly Madeleine, the mother, several family members, and some of their servants, who are all French Protestants.

Parsons did a wonderful job illustrating the physical and political landscape in which this story takes place. And by adding a brief glossary of the common French words used in the book, it was very easy to look up the meanings to gain a more complete understanding of the story. A Historical Perspective is also included, giving a short background of the time period when the story commences.

This is the first book in the series called A Light to Darkness Novel. The author is currently working on the second novel, but it is not clear how many novels will be included in this series.

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