RaveThe Literary Review (UK)... brigns this period to life. That [Puhak] should choose to approach the Merovingians through the lens of two extraordinary women is entirely appropriate ... Puhak has constructed a detailed account of the two queens\' lives and times. Inevitably, she has had to fill in certain blanks, and and specialists may balk at some of the inferences. Nevertheless, the resulting narrative manages to be both gripping and sympathetic without losing sight of the complexities of the era (and its sources) ... In the end, it\'s the sheer human drama that shines through most powerfully in this book. I was gripped from start to finish ... Fredegund and Brunhild were clearly extraordinary women. In Puhak, they have finally found a worthy champion.