Publication Date: July 26, 2013 | iUniverse | Paperback; 440p
It is 741. After subduing the pagan religions in the east, halting the march of Islam in the west, and conquering the continent for the Merovingian kings, mayor of the palace Charles the Hammer has one final ambition-the throne. Only one thing stands in his way-he is dying.
Charles cobbles together a plan to divide the kingdom among his three sons, betroth his daughter to a Lombard prince to secure his southern border, and keep the Church unified behind them through his friend Bishop Boniface. Despite his best efforts, the only thing to reign after Charles’s death is chaos. His daughter has no intention of marrying anyone, let alone a Lombard prince. His two eldest sons question the rights of their younger pagan stepbrother, and the Church demands a steep price for their support. Son battles son, Christianity battles paganism, and Charles’s daughter flees his court for an enemy’s love.
Based on a true story, Anvil of God is a whirlwind of love, honor, sacrifice, and betrayal that follows a bereaved family’s relentless quest for power and destiny.
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Blogger Praise for Anvil of God“I thoroughly enjoyed Anvil of God. It’s like a Carolingian soap opera with lots of drama, political maneuvering, betrayals, and familial strife. It’s a lot like Game of Thrones without the fantasy. This is a rich story, full of complex characters and tricky relationships set against the backdrop of constant warfare for territory and religious reform in the eighth century.” – Let Them Read Books
“Anvil of God is a gripping novel of history, family, faith, and war. History fans and lovers of adventure will find hours of enjoyment with this excellent debut, and will be eagerly awaiting the second installment of the Carolingian Chronicles.” – Luxury Reading (5 Stars)
“I am really looking forward to more in this series by Gleason. He packs a lot of detail and history into his novels, but yet it is a smooth read and doesn’t read like a textbook. You’ll be educated, but also entertained and enjoy the reading journey immensely. The writing is well-crafted, well-edited, and overall, well-done! If you like Game of Thrones, you’ll certainly enjoy this as a next series to grab ahold of for those long winter nights!” – Hook of a Book
“J. Boyce Gleason’s first book of The Carolingian Chronicles ‘Anvil of God’ brings the birth of the Carolingian dynasty to epic life. Graphic, bloody, and sinfully entertaining, ‘Anvil of God’ will be a treat for any lover of historical fiction.” – Bibliophilic Book Blog
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About the AuthorAfter a 25-year career in crisis management and public affairs, J. Boyce Gleason began writing
historical fiction and is publishing his first novel ANVIL OF GOD, Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles. With an AB in history from Dartmouth College, Gleason brings a strong understanding of the past to his historical fiction. He is married, has three sons and lives in Virginia.
For more information please visit www.jboycegleason.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.
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