It is 1761. Prussia is at war with Russia and Austria. As the Russian army occupies East Prussia, King Frederick the Great and his men fight hard to win back their homeland.
In Ludwigshain, a Junker estate in East Prussia, Countess Marion von Adler celebrates an exceptional harvest. But this is soon requisitioned by Russian troops. When Marion tries to stop them, a Russian Captain strikes her. His Lieutenant, Ian Fermor, defends Marion's honour, but is stabbed for his insubordination. Abandoned by the Russians, Fermor becomes a divisive figure on the estate.
Close to death, Fermor dreams of the Adler, a numinous eagle entity, whose territory extends across the lands of Northern Europe and which is mysteriously connected to the Enlightenment. What happens next will change the course of human history…
|Publisher||Matador (5 Nov. 2019)|
|Dimensions||15.3 x 3.5 x 22.9 cm|
"The novel explores the themes of belonging, outsiders, religion and war… all filtered through the lens of the other-worldly."
A. Deane, Page Farer Book Blog
"This wonderful historical fictional tale will hold your attention as the author weaves a storyline that has different creative plots, along with a spiritual message."
"Some authors deposit their characters in the midst of history, showing how their lives parallel historic events. Then there are authors like Justin Newland who bend history to their will and use fantastic elements to show us what could have been."
Jathan and Heather
"This was a wonderfully told story that I thoroughly enjoyed."
Baby Dolls and Razor Blades
"Well written and with a strong narrative voice, this book encourages you to ask questions about the nature of things."
"I enjoyed how the author mixed fantasy, historical fiction… and supernatural elements."
"The author has a way of intertwining historical events, mythology and fiction into an engrossing."
Rosie Cawkwell, Rosie Writes.
"The book has a spiritual message and, together with interesting real-world plots, intrigue and flowing language, I found it an enjoyable read."
"While not an avid reader of historical fiction, The Coronation by Justin Newland surprised me with a diverse blend of history, myth, and spirituality. Beginning 1761, during Russian occupation of East Prussia, a foreign Lieutenant of the Russian army intervenes in a dispute between his superior and Countess Marion von Adler and is stabbed. The story unfolds in a tentative relationship with the Prussians living on Countess Adler’s estate, which becomes a backdrop for a spiritual journey.
Newland weaves history with myth and spirituality, drawing on quotes from the Bible and other sources, which are more than just generalized statements seen in other books. They are mile markers moving the reader through a deeper understanding of many themes.
Discussing in detail these themes gives away much story but to glean this novel’s understanding, consider the idea of immersion in the butterfly effect. As an onlooker, the reader begins to see a lattice of spirituality interconnecting the elements of fiction with fact, and causes of historical situations begin to reveal. For the historical fiction enthusiast, this reading provides a compelling view of historical development.
The story, although superficially simple, will likely hold little interest to other genre fiction readers as its supernatural elements are subtle and mysterious. The Coronation is intellectually impressive, but if the reader lacks an interest in history, religion, and philosophy, they are not likely to understand and relish this read.
Newland is a fine writer: mechanically and fluently. Reading The Coronation provided much pleasure, unlike many poorly edited books today filled with stumbling blocks of pleonasms and grammar snares. The reader will easily glide through the story and spend more time considering the thematic qualities of the story than reading: as it should be. If you enjoy historical fiction and engross in thought-provoking themes, this book is for you."
Vincent V. Triola, Medium.com, April 2021