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Giles Kristian
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11 April 2013

England 1642: a nation divided.

England is at war with itself. King Charles and Parliament each gather soldiers to their banners. Across the land men prepare to fight for their religious and political ideals. Civil war has begun.

A family ripped asunder.

The Rivers are landed gentry, and tradition dictates that their allegiance is to the King. Sir Francis' loyalty to the crown and his desire to protect his family will test them all. As the men march to war, so the women are left to defend their home against a ruthless enemy. Just as Edmund, the eldest of Sir Francis' sons, will do his duty, so his brother Tom will turn his back on all he once believed in...

A war that will change everything.

From the raising of the King's Standard at Nottingham to the butchery and blood of Edgehill, Edmund and Tom Rivers will each learn of honour, sacrifice, hatred and betrayal as they follow their chosen paths through this most savage of wars.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055216240X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552162401
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A brilliant read. As he did with his Raven novels, Kristian weaves a colourful, authentic world in which to set his tale...and he has done it with confidence and real flair. Full of tragedy and triumph, honour and treachery, The Bleeding Land is a thrilling tour-de-force" (BEN KANE)

"Expertly plotted, full of passion and bloody drama...a book that will appeal to passionate, compassionate readers, men and women alike, fans of C J Sansom as much as fans of Conn Iggulden. Read it: you'll love every page" (MANDA SCOTT)

"With powerful protagonists, a gripping story and rollicking action, I can strongly recommend this tour-de-force. Outstanding" (ANTHONY RICHES)

"Giles Kristian has made an effortless transition from Viking warriors to the often tricky emotional landscape of the English Civil War. Visceral, brutal and genuinely moving, this is historical fiction at its thrilling best" (SAUL DAVID)

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In the tradition of Bernard Cornwell, Giles Kristian, author of the bestselling Viking adventure Raven: Blood Eye begins an epic new drama set against the tumultuous and bloody backdrop of the civil war that tore England apart...

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking and extraordinary 27 July 2012
By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Heartbreaking, harrowing, visceral, inescapable, detailed, stunning, gorgeous and riveting. Those are some of the first words that sprang to mind after finishing Giles Kristian's The Bleeding Land. I'm having a good reading year historical fiction-wise and this book was another highlight. Kristian takes his reader along on an adventure and while you know, overall, how it's going to end - this is historical fiction after all - I found myself holding my breath at key scenes, hoping against hope that things would turn out differently. If that isn't a testament to the author's skill, I couldn't think of a better one.

The Bleeding Land opens on the fields at Edgehill, just before the first pitched battle of the English Civil War in October 1642. To me the Civil War was only some lines in my history books, something which led to the execution of King Charles I, the Commonwealth and to the Protectorate led by Oliver Cromwell, to an era in which Puritan morals led to the closing of theatres and a forced conforming of the Arts to their strict world view. With The Bleeding Land, Kristian made the era come alive for me, made it three-dimensional and took it beyond the political reasons behind the War to the motivations of the people not in power who fought its battles.

There are three components that make The Bleeding Land such a fantastic read: its characters, the battle descriptions and Kristian's carefully woven prose. Of course the plot is exciting enough in its own right, but it's these three things that lift it up to something extraordinary. To start off with the last element I named, the prose in this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bleeding Good Book 17 July 2012
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Some time ago, I launched into Giles Kristian's Raven Saga. You may have seen my reviews knocking around, as they were so good I ran from one to the next seamlessly and enjoyed all three immensely. They were up there with some of the best adventure/historical fiction I've read. I never flinched from recommending them. But recently, Giles has turned his not-inconsiderable literary talents toward a new theatre: the English civil war

The civil war is not a period I know a great deal about and, while I have a passing interest in it, it's never hooked me so much that I sought out things to read about it (I much prefer looking at historical sites relating to it than reading about it.) It may be that, for me, the civil war has always been just a little too recent.

Saying that, I knew Giles was a good writer from his earlier stuff, and the promo video produced for the book pushed me ever further towards it.

And so I settled into the book not really knowing what to expect but, perhaps, waiting for a Raven-esque adventure saga with lots of God's Teeth and Damn Your Eyes and Have At Him, Sirrah -s. Ok, there are a few of those, but the novel is totally not what I expected. I suspect, furthermore, that a number of people who were real Raven fanatics will dislike this shift into a deep, thoughtful and saddening world, while other folk who would not consider Raven will flock to it.

The Bleeding Land, you see, is not a war story. It is a tale of a torn family, of the love of brothers and sisters pulled by the fickle strands of fate in different directions to such an extent that they are at war. It is a tale of love and loss and heartbreak and strength and perseverance and duty and honour.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
If it weren't for Giles Kristian it's very likely that I would have left the Vikings where I last saw them - in the exam hall at University. But meeting Giles at English Heritage's Living History Festival with its Festival of Historical Writing in Kelmarsh in July 2011 changed all that. I was persuaded to pick up an oar and sail with Raven: Blood Eye and his lord Sigurd aboard the dragon vessel Serpent. Giles' Raven trilogy is superb (I read all three in a weekend) and so when I heard that he was turning his attention to another time I'm not too familiar with - the English Civil War - I was surprised, intrigued and most definitely not worried. That is because, if ever you should need a storyteller guide, that guide is Giles Kristian.

The Bleeding Land is the story of two brothers, Edmund and Tom Rivers, who stand on opposing sides of the great and terrible battle of Edgehill in October 1642. One brother, Tom, fights for Parliament while Edmund, or Mun, fights alongside their father for King Charles. However, neither fights out of any sense of glory or God's cause. One fights for little more than tradition while the other, Tom, has been driven to it because he can do nothing but oppose the royalist Denton family that brutally defiled his true love, Martha. She had sought vengeance from Lord Denton for the cruel death of her father but instead found her own end by his brutal hands.

This is no ordinary or familiar tale of families split by war. There is no glory here, no right and no wrong. Charles I is no majestic being and Parliament has yet to demonstrate anyone worth dying for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Giles kristian is a wonderful writer. I can only recommend all hhis...
Giles kristian is a wonderful writer. I can only recommend all hhis book. I enjoyed them tremendouly. Francine maes-Schalckens
Published 7 days ago by Schalckens Francine
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant new series from a fab historical author
As a fellow writer, its often humbling to read another author's work. Giles has successfully created a list of characters which I fell in love with. Read more
Published 12 days ago by D. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking good read
A great story about a period of history of which I was woefully ignorant. Thanks to this book, which was a rollicking good read from start to finish, I have managed to combine the... Read more
Published 17 days ago by hamish
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Published 1 month ago by graham lornie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cavalier with heart
A good story set in a convincing family. well written, in parts it had almost Russian descriptive sections I must find more.
Published 2 months ago by ISOK
4.0 out of 5 stars Start of something great
Such a great book , the author has really struck a balance between story development and all out action novel .
Published 2 months ago by stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars No longer neglected
Until fairly recently there was a dearth of novels set in the English civil war.
This was a very enjoyable and historically convincing read.
Published 2 months ago by john weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction at its best
I loved this book, but I lent it to my friend when I was done. This is a shame, because I really want to read it again! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ale is for winners
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, bloody and a terrible time to live in.
I thought the book was great and although I donot know a lot about the English Civil War it did give me a good idea of how terrible it was. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. A. STANLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars slow start
slow to start but did get going eventually. Looking forward to the next one which if reviews are correct is better
Published 8 months ago by J GARNER
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