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Review: The Iron King by Maurice Druon

The Iron King - Maurice Druon

This was a fabulous, fast-paced book covering the year 1314. Phillip the Fair of France decides to burn the Grand Master of the Templar Knights, not his first cruel act of so-called justice in the name of the crown but certainly one of his last. There is not a dull moment in this novel between scheming Isabella, who wants everyone to be as miserable as she is, the naive and selfish Burgundian princesses, and all those who are vying for the position of the king's right hand man. While the characters are not developed as much as I would like, I assume that this occurs over the course of the series. This novel is an exciting introduction to set the stage for the drama of the French court. Down to it's gorgeous cover, this book is a must read for those who love historical fiction.