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Of a Linear Circle - Part V - Ravenclaw

This part of the series goes all in on historical fiction: It follows the backdrop of Rowena Ravenclaw, who is really called Hrodwunn of Hrabanklawa, Bavaria. We get some alright character building, and more importantly, some really fun historical fiction: Hrodwunn is friends with Theophanu, the wife of Otto II, and so her fate ist connected to the complex fate of the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire. It’s well-researched and all kinds of fun (plus, part of it takes place in Quedlinburg).

Seeing an extremely intelligent, often cutting, but also diplomatic noblewoman portrayed is really, really good – bonus points for her having children, and not being overly sentimental or uncaring. The story covers a lot of ground, avoids tropes neatly, and all that in just six (though long) chapters.

Related books Books related to the whole series are linked at the first part of the series.