Reviews of The Cross and the Dragon

Thanks to all readers who’ve reviewed The Cross and the Dragon. Here is a sampling.

“Her main characters, Alda and Hruodland, are as engaging and inspiring as any Romeo and Juliet I’ve ever read about…It’s a solidly good book with an engaging story to tell. If you love historical fiction, you’ll be as enchanted as I was with this one.”
—Deborah Previte, read the full review at A Bookish Libraria

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“Rendfeld skillfully presents what might have been facts, and entertains the reader at the same time.”
—Shalisse Lewis, Medievalists.net

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“If you enjoy reading old stories of knights, ladies, wars, and battles I think you will enjoy The Cross and the Dragon. It is an entertaining piece of historical fiction.”
—Anne, The Book Garden

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“This book reminds me of a Nathaniel Hawthorne quote, ‘Easy reading is damn hard writing.’

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“The amount of research coupled with the ability to string together readable sentences is incredible. The pace is steady, then at the end it takes off. The characters are many. It’s a truly entertaining book.”
—Melysah, 4 the Love of Lit

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“I really enjoyed this book a lot. I felt it was extremely well researched, historically speaking, but also with lots of details on daily lives, on food and clothes, for instance. The characters, both men and women, soldiers, wives or nuns, have very strong characters and are richly defined.”
—Emma, Words and Peace, rating the novel “OMG! You must read this NOW!”

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“The subtle but imposing characters make the story very readable, and even if you know nothing about the middle ages, you will enjoy the experience of stepping back into a time when love and war were intermingled and to be a woman in man’s world was often a frightening and lonely place to be.”
—Jo at Jaffareadstoo, visit Jaffareadstoo for the full review

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“…a novel busting with impeccable details that carried me vividly into medieval times. A wonderful debut for Kim Rendfeld!”
—Lucy Bertoldi, Enchanted by Josephine Art and History Salon and Examiner

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“Alda was a really stand-out character for me. She is most definitely a woman before her time. She is strong. She is not afraid to go after what she wants…Bottom line: Good historical fiction with a strong lead character.”
—Meg at A Bookish Affair, visit A Bookish Affair for the full review

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“I recommend this book for anyone who likes a good love story with their well-researched, atmospheric history.”
—Jessica Knauss, read Jessica’s full review on her blog

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“In Alda, Kim Rendfeld has created a woman who seems genuinely to be of her time, rather than the refugees from the 21st century one often sees populating historical fiction. Alda is intelligent and independent, but shares in the beliefs and prejudices of her culture.” —Tinney Heath, read Tinney’s full review on Goodreads

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“I enjoyed seeing how she wove material from this ancient story into a historically accurate backdrop, one full of beautiful descriptions of the Rhine Valley, while fleshing out the characters and their motivations.”
—Sarah Johnson, read Sarah’s full post and interview with Kim at Reading the Past

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“The story is addictive and I found myself not wanting to put the story down…Rendfeld has created a historical fiction masterpiece.”
—Rachel Massaro, read Rachel’s full review on Layered Pages

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“I fell easily into this world and felt wonderfully engaged with the characters, from Alda’s strength to Hruodland’s valor and even Ganelon’s vengeful wrath. Each character and historical element worked together to make The Cross and the Dragon a delightfully entertaining and thrilling read.”
—Casee Marie, read Casee Marie’s full review on Literary Inklings

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“Rendfeld has written a historical fiction novel that remains authentic to the time period, where religion and vows supersedes all else, including love. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Cross and The Dragon.”
—Darlene Elizabeth Williams, read the full review on Darlene’s blog

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“The depth of reality captured in this book is commendable. The details of the homes, character’s dress, politics, and religious beliefs were all carefully crafted. I had no problem putting myself in the time period and believing the events of the story.”
—DelSheree Gladden, The Edible Bookshelf

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“Rendfeld clearly did her research on the time period and I thought it was exciting to read about the different era and location…most Medieval-ish books are set in England not France or the Rheinlands.”
—Anne of The Lit B*tch blog, read the full review

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“The turns and twist throughout the entire story kept me entertained page after page. If you’re a romance reader that loves accurate detail to history, this book is a must read.”
—Angela Rose, read the full review at Satin Sheets Romance