Item description for In the Shadow of Lions (Chronicles of the Scribe, Book 1) by Ginger Garrett...
Overview "During the reign of England's Henry VIII ... the devout Anne Boleyn catches the eye of a powerful king and uses her influence to champion an English translation of the Bible. ... Meanwhile, Rose, a broken, suicidal woman of the streets, is moved to seek God when she witnesses Thomas More's public displays of Christian charity, ignorant of his secret life spent eradicating the same book, persecuting anyone who dares read it"--Publisher.
"I am the first writer, The Scribe. My books lie open before the Throne, and someday will be the only witness of your people and their time in this world. The stories are forgotten here, and the Day draws close. I will tell you one of my stories. You will record it."
So begins the narration of one such angel in this sweeping historical tale set during the reign of England's Henry VIII. It is the story of two women, their guardian angels, and a mysterious, subversive book . a book that outrages some, inspires others, and launches the Protestant Reformation.
The devout Anne Boleyn catches the eye of a powerful king and uses her influence to champion an English translation of the Bible--Scriptures the common people could read for themselves. Meanwhile, Rose, a broken, suicidal woman of the streets, is moved to seek God when she witnesses Thomas More's public displays of Christian charity, ignorant of his secret life spent eradicating the same book, persecuting anyone who dares read it.
Historic figures come alive in this thrilling story of heroes and villains, saints and sinners, angels and mortals ... and the sacred book that will inspire you anew.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher David C. Cook
Series Chronicles Of The Scribe
Series Number 1
ISBN 0781448875 ISBN13 9780781448871
Availability 0 units.
More About Ginger Garrett
Ginger Garrett is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction books that explore the lives of historical women including Wolves Among Us, Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther, and the Chronicles of the Scribe series. A popular radio and television guest, Ginger resides in Georgia with her husband and three children."
Reviews - What do customers think about In the Shadow of Lions (Chronicles of the Scribe, Book 1)?
Book review Jan 5, 2010
Great read - I really enjoyed it. I have read Phillipa Gregory and so have already heard this story (of Anne Boleyn & King Henry VIII) but this was a new take on it and DEFINITELY a lot cleaner read without the somewhat smutty content of the Gregory books. This is a good read. I recommend it even if you've already read books about this same content. It kept me interested and gave a new concept of the bible being translated into English for the common people of Europe. That aspect of this book truly was interesting.
Interestng view of Anne Boleyn's time Oct 26, 2009
I enjoyed this book very much. It tells about Anne Boleyn and her part in the reformation. Of course we have all studied the reformation (at least briefly) in school. However, until I read this book, I had no idea how cruel the times were for those who wished to break away from the teachings of the church and do something as ordinary seeming as reading the Bible for themselves! We have been taught to see Anne Boleyn as a schemer who wanted power at all costs. This story indicates that perhaps she was motivated by something else. I can easily recommend this book to all.
At least the cover's pretty.... Sep 25, 2009
Ginger Garrett's "In the Shadow of Lions" tells the story of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 16th century England. She tells her tale through two main characters. The first, Rose, a fictional creation, is a despairing young woman ready to give up on life. The second is Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry the Eighth. Their stories are dictated by a supernatural being called the Scribe to a dying woman in the present day.
I found this book to be a frustrating, unfulfilling read. A major flaw in the novel is the portrayal of Anne Boleyn. I've read many, many books about Anne over the years, both fiction and non-fiction. Anne Boleyn was a woman who not only fascinated a king, but has also fascinated historians and readers in the centuries since her death. In Garrett's portrayal, she's a rather flat and uninteresting character. I never got a sense of why Henry became so obsessed with her or how she was able to keep his devotion for so long. There was nothing to explain her allure. Henry himself never emerges as a very well defined character.
"In the Shadow of Lions" also contains the most negative portrayal of Sir Thomas More I have ever read. There's no doubt More could be virulently anti-Protestant, but this book takes his actions to the extreme. His daughter, Margaret, is an extremely inconsistent character, one moment treating Rose as an ally and at others treating her more as an enemy. I felt very removed from this book; it was hard to truly feel involved with the story or the characters.
There were many other things about this book that bugged me, but I'll just mention one more. Anne and Henry's daughter, Elizabeth, was born on September 7, 1533. In this book, Anne is two months pregnant shortly before Christmas. There's no way the timeline would work out for a September birth. Garrett never gives a date for Elizabeth's birth, but she does say she's born in winter. A woman can't be over two months pregnant in late December and give birth in a winter month unless the baby is extremely premature, which was not the case, or the baby is in the womb for over a year. I kept thinking I was missing something but I've read it over twice. It just absolutely makes no sense.
I suppose this book might be more appealing to a reader of Christian fiction than to a reader of historical fiction. The historical oddities, at any rate, might be less off-putting. I really wanted to like "In the Shadow of Lions." I was looking forward to reading about Anne Boleyn from a different viewpoint, one that explored her role in the Protestant Reformation. Unfortunately, the poorly developed, inconsistent, and often unlikeable characters made this more of an exercise in frustration. One of the first things I noticed about this book was the beautiful cover. It's too bad the contents inside didn't live up to it.
Who'd Have Thought I'd Enjoy Historical Fiction? Mar 30, 2009
This is another first for me. I have read a lot of fiction but never Historical fiction. It isn't that the genre wasn't entertaining, it was just a genre I never looked to for reading enjoyment. Ginger Garrett's Shadow of Lions definitely made me rethink picking up historical fiction.
The book is a tapestry of four stories making one whole. We are lead through very visual language through the rise of Anne Boleyn from Queen Catherine's lady in waiting to King Henry the VIII's strong desire. The story gives us another side to Anne as a devout Christian seeking the Lord's will, and her life being used to be part of a spark that leads to change in the very way people relate to God. This was at first hard for me to swallow, because I, like so many others, have only related to Anne Boleyn as a seductress and manipulator. What a refreshing change!
We also follow Rose on her journey as a fallen woman who has experienced the full force of God's redemptive grace. Watching her life change and grow is touching.
Ginger Garrett has written a magnificent piece. The characters are clearly drawn and become very real to the reader. I loved the way she made the world come alive with descriptive language that was full and rich with even the scents of the city, people, and gardens clearly described. Shadow of Lions is a book that I will definitely want to keep in my library.
Awesome book cant wait for the others in the series Mar 30, 2009
I have read every thing there is about Anne Bolyen and this book was awesome. I cant wait for the other two in the series