The Castilian Pomegranate by Anna Belfrage

It gives me great pleasure to share with you The Castilian Pomegranate by Anna Belfrage, a new historical romantic fiction set in medieval Spain and second book in The Castilian Saga. This is Anna’s twentieth book.

An enraged and grieving queen commands them to retrieve her exquisite jewel and abandon their foundling brat overseas—or never return

Robert FitzStephan and his wife, Noor, have been temporarily exiled. Officially, they are to travel to the courts of Aragon and Castile as emissaries of Queen Eleanor of England. Unofficially, the queen demands two things: that they abandon Lionel, their foster son, in foreign lands and that they bring back a precious jewel – the Castilian Pomegranate.

Noor would rather chop off a foot than leave Lionel in a foreign land—especially as he’s been entrusted to her by his dead father, the last true prince of Wales. And as to the jewel, stealing it would mean immediate execution. . .

Spain in 1285 is a complicated place. France has launched a crusade against Aragon and soon enough Robert is embroiled in the conflict, standing side by side with their Aragonese hosts.

Once in Castile, it is the fearsome Moors that must be fought, with Robert facing weeks separated from his young wife, a wife who is enthralled by the Castilian court—and a particular Castilian gallant.

Jealousy, betrayal and a thirst for revenge plunge Noor and Robert into life-threatening danger. Will they emerge unscathed or will savage but beautiful Castile leave them permanently scarred and damaged?

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My Review of The Castilian Pomegranate by Anna Belfrage

Allow yourself to be transported to medieval Spain. You may not want to leave.

I admit, I delved into the second book of this series, The Castilian Pomegranate, yet I didn’t felt like missing much. The author offers sufficient contextual information so it can be read as a standalone. Nevertheless, I will now read His Castilian Hawk for the sheer pleasure of the storytelling.

Robert and Noor, husband and wife, are forced by their queen, Eleanor of England, to travel abroad, to Spain, on a secret mission – and not an easy one to succeed in as it involves going against the law, and against one’s heart. Their lives are soon tangled in a web of political ties as 13th century Spain is not a peaceful land. Husband and wife are soon separated by the war that Aragon and Castile are facing. And by personal ties (Noor’s mother being from Castile). Soon the strong bond between Robert and Noor is tested by deceit, desire, and vengeance – readers are shown how being blue-blooded can be a blessing, but also a curse.

Author Anne Blefrage is skilled at creating tension, be it on a battlefield, at the court, or in the boudoir and she paints crafty descriptions, be it the fragrant countryside or the rich interiors of a Spanish castle.

You will root for Robert and Noor throughout this book, read past your bedtime, and, more than once, your heart will sink.
I never went to Spain, nor was I fully aware of how complicated its medieval history was. But with The Castilian Pomegranate I felt its sun on my cheek, its fast rhythm in my fingertips, and allowed myself to be chilled by its cool, bygone breeze. A must read!

The Castilian Pomegranate Anna Belfrage

The Castilian Pomegranate is available through Amazon.

Anna Belfrage is a multi-award winner author who mostly lives in Sweden. You can visit her website here.

If you like history, you can hang out on Anna’s blog or chat to her on Twitter or on Facebook.

9 Replies to “The Castilian Pomegranate by Anna Belfrage”

  1. The description of the book and your review are so visual that I hope they’ll adapt The Castilian Pomegranate into a movie. The jewel itself captured my imagination. A jewel like a pomegranate must be quite a sight.

    1. Ah, thank you,Jo!! 🙂 What a lovely thought. Anna will be thrilled to hear that.

  2. Thank you very much, Patricia, for presenting “The Castilian Pomegranate” and its history! I have been in Andalusia and now I am involved with the “Moores” ! I have just read that the Mongols completely destroyed Bagdad in 1258, which meant that the heydays of the Abassid or Islam finished then! So this story seems to be somehow a connection with the whole political situation! I would like to know, why Robert and Noor should live behind their son Lionel and whether they really steal the jewel!

  3. Martina, your amazing travels do take you from the road straight to the bookshelves 🙂

    Indeed, Anna Belfrage has two very clever hooks weaved in her book.:)

  4. A book that transports you to another time and era is always a wonderful read. And when returning to reality seems like a chore, that’s when you’ve got a great story. A tense read is good for the mind and heart.
    Thanks for sharing this, Patricia. 🙂

    1. It is such a great pleasure, Anna, to support a fine writer such as yourself.
      I am thrilled that your work was so well received. Best of luck moving forward 🙂

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