Monday, January 6, 2020

Book Review:The Earl's Son by Isabella Berdyna Zysk

The Earl's Son is a historical fantasy set in a medieval-like world. Salvo is raised by foster parents after his mother's village is attacked and everyone is killed or carried off except him. He was just a baby and his mother. Sally, was able to hide him in the bushes where he was later found. The baron, Lord Filbert, takes an interest in the child and pays for him to get schooling and later to train as a man-at-arms along with his son Dennis. Many years later, there is a war and Lord Filbert takes Salvo, then 18 years old, with him. In the process, they find Salvo's mother Sally but she won't reveal the name of his father, that is, until he earns his knighthood.


The Earl’s Son is one of the cutest stories I have ever read! Each page gripped my attention page after page turn! Filbert and Sally, a forbidden love! Betrayal! A babe left in the woods! A village destroyed women and children taken into slavery! Secrets! Reunions! That is all I can reveal without totally giving away the story. You will not want to put this tale down and being it is short you can read it in a day with a beaming smile on your face. Absolutely, this book will leave you smiling in the end.

This has to be the finest in Isabella Berdyna Zysk kingdom's family collection as I personally call it. My only gripe is they were not apparently originally back in the medieval days with names frequently naming offspring after other family members or friends of the same name. I got a little confused. One might think this is an author's mistake, but I do believe the author was being historically accurate in that part. Considering all the depressing stuff we see in the news Zysk's happy historical fantasy novellas are a Godsend.


Isabella Berdyna Zysk was born in Michigan, raised in southern California and central Virginia. She worked and lived in several states and foreign countries, and now resides in Florida where she enjoys retirement.

Her interests include the writings of Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, horses, trees, sustainable farming, and art.