Having been told by Ben Kane how amazing this book is had no trouble parting with the cash for it, i wish he had mentioned its a blooming big book (my thumbs ache) 672 pages which is worth £7.79 of any-ones money for pure value for money, but as per the cover quote and his review on there, this book is stunningly well written and yet not overly written, the characters do come alive on the pages, he is a writer who is a natural story teller. There are many writers out there today who write fantastically , but not many that are natural born storytellers: Conn Iggulden, Christian Cameron, Bernard Cornwell, these are masters of this genre and its no small thing to thrust a new author straight into these ranks, but also in this case it's well deserved, another name i would add to this vaunted list of authors is David Gemmell, why? because the characters and at times the story reminded me of the flawed hero approach that that great man always wrote (he was also another natural story teller).
I have been very open about the fact that i think Christian Cameron's God of War will be the book of the year 2012, but damn me if this isn't a close second.
Very very highly recommended.
A huge, exciting historical adventure epic in the bestselling tradition of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden and Robyn Young