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Hereward: (Hereward 1) [Kindle Edition]

James Wilde
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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1062, a time many fear is the End of Days. With the English King Edward heirless and ailing, across the grey seas in Normandy the brutal William the Bastard waits for the moment when he can drown England in a tide of blood.


The ravens of war are gathering. But as the king's closest advisors scheme and squabble amongst themselves, hopes of resisting the naked ambition of the Norman duke come to rest with just one man: Hereward...


To some a brilliant warrior, to others a devil in human form, Hereward is as adept in the art of slaughter as the enemies that gather to claim England's throne. But in his country's hour of greatest need, he has been declared an outlaw. To stay alive - and a freeman - he must carve a bloody swathe from the frozen hills of Northumbria to Flanders' fields and the fenlands of East Anglia.



The tale of a man whose deeds will become the stuff of legend, this is also the story of two mis-matched allies: Hereward the man of war, and Alric, a monk and a man of peace. One will risk everything to save the land he loves, the other to save his friend's soul...


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    "A novel about brutal and bloody times and not for for the squeamish but Wilde has succeeded in giving new and convincing life to a half-forgotten English hero" BBC HISTORY magazine "Moves at a wonderful pace... great swathes of blood-letting and an overall kickass arc... great stuff" FALCATATIMES.COM "Fantastically realised... strong, believable characters, lashings of fast-paced action" ELOQUENTPAGE.COM

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    Hereward the Wake - one of England's forgotten heroes - is rescued from the mists of medieval history and brought back to brutal and bloody life in this thrilling historical actioner...

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1425 KB
    • Print Length: 385 pages
    • Publisher: Transworld Digital (23 Jun. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00563M1KS
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    James Wilde is a Man of Mercia. Raised in a world of books, the author studied economic history at university before travelling the world in search of adventure. Unable to forget a childhood encounter - in the pages of a comic - with the great English warrior, Hereward, Wilde returned to the haunted fenlands of Eastern England, Hereward's ancestral home, where he became convinced that this legendary hero should be the subject of his first novel. Wilde now indulges his love of history and the high life in the home his family have owned for several generations in the heart of a Mercian forest.

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    62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Debut 21 Jun. 2011
    By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    With a huge amount of historical fiction titles currently being set around the 1066 mark, an author has to find something new to bring to the mix in order to generate memorable characters as well giving the reader a plot to keep them not only engrossed but thrilled and entertained throughout. Such is the volume of these titles to date that it's a wonder that none of the characters have charged headlong into each other on the battlefield.

    Currently in this muddied and historically rich period James Wilde strides with his debut title which takes the reader onto the battlefield with Hereward which, is a tale for the modern audience with a tip of the hat and homage to the 1963 Victor Comic (Hereward the Wake, Saxon Chief) as well as Charles Kingsley's Hereward the Wake published in 1865. Whilst the title is all of the authors devising it's one that will thrill the modern audience from its hard-line bloodthirsty opening that sets the tone of the story (which incidentally has a very Gemmellesque feeling due to its Waylander type opening.)

    All in the story moves at a wonderful pace, the combat is clearly thought out and with Howardesque touches, great swathes of bloodletting and overall kickass arc; it's a title that for a debut will make one hell of an impact to the Historical Fiction audience which makes Wilde an author to keep an eye on and one to pick up now prior to the hype and for me would have been ideal holiday reading and if you happy to be in Hereward country one that would generate an exploration of the surrounding area in closer detail. Great stuff.
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The original outlaw 22 Aug. 2011
    By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    There are periods of English history I am ashamed to say I have had to learn through fact based fiction. So thank you to the likes of Bernard Cornwell and now James Wilde.

    I had never heard of Hereward, but he did exist and fought against the Normans after their invasion of 1066. In many ways he reminded me of Robin Hood, but his existence is fact compared to the legend of Robin Hood, in addition to preceding him by 150 years.

    We see Hereward as a young man forced to leave the emerging English court because of his unruly behaviour and then allegations of murder. His character is wild, intense and unpredictable (reminded me of the sort of character then late, great David Gemmell produced) with a dark side kept barely in check. Hooking up with a young priest, also on the run, Hereward is struggling to discover a goal and self value, but once the Normans invade, he sees his duty to defend England against the Norman tyranny.

    The Normans occupied England (not Scotland or Wales) and pretty much dominated it all, Hereward was based in the Isle of Ely and the Fens, an inhospitable area that the Normans struggled to gain control over. The original outlaw he ran a running campaign against the Normans. This book deals with his early years from exile to the start of his campaign against the Normans and it is interesting, page turning stuff.
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    34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut 28 Jun. 2011
    By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Hardcover
    There have been a fair few novels set around this period of history lately, some have met mixed reviews. It really depends on what you are looking for from a historical fiction book?
    EG: Conquest by Stewart Binns is a rousing tale that roars along with loads of blood and thunder action and has a heavy tilt towards nationality. While Shieldwall by Justin Hill is a slower more historically rich title that really educates the reader.

    Hereward for me falls somewhere in-between, it has a fair bit of historical detail (i cant vouch for the accuracy its not my area of expertise) and also lashings of action. As another reviewer (Gareth) has written there is a very Gemmellesque flavour to certain scenes and also characters, and there is in my opinion no higher accolade for a writer.
    This is a great book and the fact that its a debut title means that we potentially have great things to come from this writer.

    Highly recommended (Parm)

    Product Description (From the back of the book)
    1062, a time many fear is the End of Days. With the English King Edward heirless and ailing, across the grey seas in Normandy the brutal William the Bastard waits for the moment when he can drown England in a tide of blood.

    The ravens of war are gathering. But as the king's closest advisors scheme and squabble amongst themselves, hopes of resisting the naked ambition of the Norman duke come to rest with just one man: Hereward...

    To some a ruthless warrior and master tactician, to others a devil in human form, Hereward is as adept in the art of slaughter as the foes that gather to claim England's throne. But in his country's hour of greatest need, his enemies at Court have made him outlaw.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hereward! 12 July 2011
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the start. James Wilde doesn't mess about setting the scene by going into over indulgent passages about where the characters are instead from page one the action starts and there's rarely a pause. It isn't all clashing swords however, as he has created some wonderful characters especially Hereward who is interwoven with the people around him.

    The story starts a few years before the events of 1066 and Mr Wilde sets the overall historical context brilliantly as Hereward is forced to fight for justice against the people and organisations who have tried to ruin his life. The book is packed full of superb characterisations and fight scenes that really have you wanting the main character to take vengeance on the bad guys.

    Herward is a fantastic debut novel about a character I knew nothing about. It's a great read and I look forward to book two, easily worth five stars.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    excellent story telling and, clearly, a great amount of research
    Published 5 days ago by peter wakely
    5.0 out of 5 stars The first book in what promised to be a great trilogy. As I wrote this...
    The first book in what promised to be a great trilogy. As I wrote this after reading them all, it IS a great trilogy!
    Published 10 days ago by reg a. elliott
    5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
    A really good read, especially as I was born and bred in the fens. I have the rest of the series on my list of "must haves."
    Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Pjm Knighton
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tale of a neglected English hero
    An enjoyable tale of a somewhat neglected hero of English history, Hereward, who fought bravely against the invading Normans under the command of the aptly named William the... Read more
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    Love it !! It makes a change to celebrate what is English and how we became the nation that we are today.
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    Fascinating book. I could picture the places where the action took place, as I lived in two of them.
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