Hey guys! So today I’m going to be reviewing Almodis the Peaceweaver by Tracey Warr. If you like historical fiction, then keep reading!
So, Almodis the Peaceweaver is based on the real life of Almodis de la Marche-an 11th century Occitan countesss who struggles for love, power and happiness and ultimately founded a dynasty that ruled much of southern France and northern Spain.
I’m giving this 4/5 stars as the historical research was incredibly thorough and detailed, but I struggled a little bit to keep track of it in the beginning! That said, once I’d gotten a certain amount of pages down, I was glued to this book and rather attached to the character of Almodis. You can’t help rooting for her as she goes through three marriages, rather a LOT of children and just generally tries to find her place in the world.
The book is narrated from both the POVs of Almodis herself, and her maid, Bernadette. Warr develops both characters really well throughout the novel, and I enjoyed reading both of their very different POVs to get each woman’s unique perspective on events. There was also a good dash of excitement and intrigue which I wasn’t expecting! Kidnappings! Escapes! Secret journeys! And all written in a historical setting that has been brought back to life in full colour, vividly leaping from the page.
I recommend you read Almodis the Peaceweaver if you’re interested in early historical fiction, detailed, beautifully written prose and/or stories set within Occitan culture.
Let me know what you think!
“…to build a library would be a fine thing.”
– Tracey Warr, Almodis the Peaceweaver