Blog Book Tour | “The Throne of David” by Ann Farnsworth

Posted Saturday, 26 September, 2015 by jorielov , , , 0 Comments

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Acquired Book By: I am a regular tour hostess for blog tours via Cedar Fort whereupon I am thankful to have such a diverse amount of novels and non-fiction titles to choose amongst to host. I received a complimentary copy of “The Throne of David” direct from the publisher Sweetwater Books (imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc) in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

Biblical Historical Artifacts and Thrillers:

I’m not generally the type who follows the curious swirl of excitement around historical conspiracies or stories that center around Biblical history which precept into a thriller in modern times – except to say, there are a few exceptions. Such as when I came across this new tv series in 2013 called Zero Hour starring Anthony Edwards, my hesitation to become attached to one of these types of stories melted away as I was caught up in the emotional and psychological suspense of what was happening to Edwards character! I knew of his acting via ER for which I remained faithful as a watcher until S5 when for me, the heart of the series exited.

I am unsure why my area’s feed of Zero Hour ended after three or four episodes when there are a total of 13 in the first season; it’s one of those quirks of being a watcher of awesome series which either get axed before they gain an audience or they disappear into the ether completely without explanation. I’m hopeful one day, this will go on seasonal dvd (as it’s currently on subscription via HuLu) but until then, I do keep my eyes perked for stories that might resonate the same style of story-telling and take me further outside my comfort zone of considering plots that walk through history whilst attempting to bring hidden truths to light which have been forsaken in one way or another.

When the author approached me about her blog tour for The Throne of David, I felt this one might stand out a bit differently from the pack, as although it’s target audience is for the traditional stories of this kind to jump inside it’s pages with keen interest, what held my attention was the necessity of what needed to be found.

Here let me share my initial thoughts on joining the blog tour:

I was a bit on the fence, to be honest, as I have avoided The Da Vinci Code for a variety of reasons, the least of which being it felt a bit extreme and intense. However, after I received your note, despite the references to the former, I started listening to your own words about The Throne of David! I was going between your shout-out note and your website, and thought about it for a short spell.

The truth is I love Royal History and I love anything to do with histories of court or dynasties (depending if your reading about the UK/Europe or the Far East); I am a bit more limited in reading Biblical Historical Fiction but I have started to read about Ancient Civilisations — if you dig through my Story Vault between those titles listed under ‘Historical Fiction’, ‘Military Historical’ or ‘Biographical Fiction’, I think you will see where my historical wanderings have gone thus far as a 2nd Year Book Blogger.

I also *love!* either Traditional Historical Mysteries, Suspense, or Thrillers whilst having a healthy appreciation for Cosy Historical Mysteries. I love when characters have to unearth something out of the annals of time and then put the pieces together in time to save something most dear. (to them or to the world)

Thus began my readings of The Throne of David and I was more than a bit curious about what I might find whilst I became introduced to Farnsworth’s characters.

Blog Book Tour | “The Throne of David” by Ann FarnsworthThe Throne of David
Source: Direct from Publisher

A pair of black boots appeared on the curb and a man in a uniform stepped out of the car. Meeting David's eyes, the man raised his arms above the door, a pistol held in two hands. He took aim. All sound was stilled, all movement slowed, and David didn't even hear the blast that sent a bullet tearing through the crowd to his chest.

When a series of secret letters is found years after they were written, the ascendancy line to the British throne is suddenly thrown into disarray. Could there be a new heir?

Locating a stone that's been lost for centuries is the only way to find out.

This high-stakes thriller leads you on a deadly chase around the world, following clues from Kind David. It's a mind-blowing mystery with an ending you'll have to read to believe!

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ISBN: 9781462117147

on 11th August 2015

Pages: 288

Published By: Sweetwater Books (@SweetwaterBooks),
an imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc (@CedarFortBooks)

Available Formats: Paperback, Ebook

About Ann Farnsworth

Ann Farnsworth

Ann Farnsworth: author of 10 kids and one novel!

If you take Ann Farnsworth’s love of history, her admiration for truly great story tellers and a devotion to precise, descriptive vocabulary. If you add to those interests a true devotion to memorable characters it seems a story like ‘The Throne of David’, is almost an inevitable conclusion.

I have always been a voracious reader and sometime writer even while raising a large family of 10 children. In fact, reading allowed me to escape for a few minutes (or longer) during the day while staying connected to the needs of our family.

Our youngest is now ten and the stories that have been stewing inside my head as I washed dishes, cooked dinner and helped with homework these last 25 years are bubbling up and out of my fingertips. My favorite books to read are Da Vinci Code, Pride and Prejudice, the scriptures, any of the Harry Potter books and of course, Good Night Moon.

It is said that about 80% of us feel we have a book we’d like to write. If I can do it, anyone can. That is the truth!

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My Review of The Throne of David:

This isn’t the type of book that slowly leads-in to it’s action, as you become jettisoned into a cross-continent race against an unknown persuader of vigilante justice wrecking havoc into the lives of innocents all for the sake of keeping the crowned King on this throne in England. The intricate and complex back-story for the novel are rooted in the legend of the Stone of Scone and it’s direct impact on the lives of those who come directly in contact with it. Legend has it that this was the stone which would designate each new ruler of the land – depending on which country had the stone at the time of a coronation, as it is widely known as the Coronation stone as well.

Farnsworth allows her readers to become known with this entangled history through a series of expert story-tellers within her novel, as her characters meet-up with a Professor at one point who gives them the layout of tracing where the stone was originally vs where it was moved through time. Her secondary characters such as this Professor and the curator and guide at Tara in Ireland, provide a drinkable accountment of the stone’s history yet it’s counter-balanced against the intensity of the live action of what is happening to the key players in this tale.

David Lord is recruited by his best friend from his college days to tackle a mystery with limited clues and limited knowledge of what the end results will reveal. He basically has to take Roger at hallo and use his mind to unearth the rest of it – it’s a psychological thriller in many ways, as David’s character is put to the brink of death and the physical limits of what one man can handle during a short expanse of time. He’s attempting to sort through centuries of hidden and false leads about a stone that no one wants to be brought back into the open. At his side is Roger’s sister, Camryn who despite appearances has more moxie and strength than an outsider would think she’d have within her – takes up the adventure alongside Lord. She has ample motivation to be at the forefront of the chase, but it’s how her closeness to David and her own anguish of unresolved emotions prickles into their pursuit, makes folly for the slow ember of drama brewing between them. Each of them, at one point or another is holding back a few things from each other, including where their feelings lie.

Whilst they are off in Europe following the trail and being caught up in the deceit of the advance team sent to destroy their search (this team keeps to shadows, you barely know their origin is British but the party responsible for sending them is shrouded from view), Lord set-up an ex-military man to take-on the trail stateside. Enrique’s story arc felt both realistic and a bit unrealistic to me at times – I loved how he was a man attempting to redeem his life with his wife and children; even to the extent of taking on a case such as this where a positive outcome might not be possible. However, whilst he’s engaged on the hunt, there were a few instances where I fell out of believing what was happening simply due to the nature of where his job was taking him. Also, at times I felt the means by which the ‘unknown’ team was taking to silence the women was too extreme for me to simply accept as ‘part of the story’.

There is a beautiful part of the novel I wanted to highlight, as reading it you were led to take two different courses of understanding – the part I felt was written with a lot of heart and a mindfulness on the human soul’s yearning to survive was what happened to David Lord when he fell of the ferry whilst travelling to Ireland. There is this vacuum of space where he’s not interacting with Camryn or another else for that matter as he’s caught between the worlds. It’s a delicate part of the novel, as you get to see what happens when a soul travels without the body and how a soul can transition through trauma. I was quite impressed with this portion of the novel and loved the beauty of imagery Farnsworth gave it.

Overall, I appreciated certain portions of the novel, but I faltered a bit with the back-story and the live action of it’s contemporary heart. Again, I was a bit gobsmacked by the level of means taken to erase the trail by the ‘unknowns’ and part of me wondered why they’d go to such levels of horror to prove their point? I was a bit surprised by how well-tied some of the plot became as well – a bit too coincidental for me in some ways, as everyone becomes attached to each other in ways that didn’t quite make me believe they were plausible. I think for starters, if the boys who helped Camryn in Ireland were simply nice blokes who love to help a damsel in distress, the line of credibility for me would have been more keen than having their relations to Lord revealed.

Ann Farnsworth delivers a history-intense tale for readers of the genre:

There is a lot of back-story to The Throne of David to the level where at first, as I was going through the novel, I felt a bit out of my depth until the secondary characters started to explain the history of the stone. Even then, I felt perhaps being this is my first novel of this kind, my own experiences with this type of story being so very limited, I was at a disadvantage to understand the full scope of what Farnsworth was giving us to read. It’s hard when it’s your first attempt to read a historical conspiracy novel going in blind to a novel where further reading ahead of time might have benefited you greatly.

I’ve noticed this recently with my readings in Fantasy, wherein I have been focusing on the fae? The more stories about the fae I read, the better my fuller understanding is of them in general. I think perhaps this novel would be best for those who’ve read The Da Vinci Code and others like it, rather than starting with The Throne of David as an opener to the genre.

I tweeted a bit and found a reader who might enjoy this novel:

I was offline a bit whilst reading this novel, and when I returnt to post my review today, I noticed one of my tweets had drawn the attention of a fellow book blogger and reader. Unbeknownst to myself, I was happy that the few tweets I was able to share garnished a reaction. He appears to like to converse about books as much as I do, so I was thankful he found my feeds! Let me share the exchange:

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My review is posting off the tour due to lightning and connectivity issues which were happily resolved by mid-September! I look forward to going through the blog tour and finding out what the bloggers felt as they read the story inasmuch as putting together a guest author feature to compliment this review as I have a topic I’d like to pitch to Ms Farnsworth.

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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

About jorielov

I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

"I write my heart out and own my writing after it has spilt out of the pen." - self quote (Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story)

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