The Dragon and the Raven, by G.A. Henty

The Dragon and the Raven—The Days of King Alfred

By G.A. Henty
Level 11

This historical fiction novel by classic writer G.A. Henty is set in 9th-century England during the rule of Alfred the Great. The book follows the story of a fictional Saxon lord as he helps fight against Danish invaders. Packed with educational value, Henty’s story teaches much about the historical time period. King Alfred (who is an amazing historical figure) is in the book, but the story does not center around him. I recommend this book only to serious readers who are used to challenging literature—the writing is complex, and the vocabulary is challenging. While the story is engaging and fulfilling, it is not an instantly gratifying thriller.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Region Europe, England
Period 9th Century, 800s
Genre Historical Fiction
Digital Format Audiobook, E-book
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
  • Audiobook
  • E-Book
  • Gentle Favorite
  • 3 Entertainment Value
  • 2 Moral Value
  • 5 Educational Value
  • 4 Literary Value
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