- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (3 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553820214
- ISBN-13: 978-0553820218
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sword of Albion: The Sword of Albion Trilogy Book 1 (Sword of Albion Trilogy 1) Paperback – 3 Mar 2011
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When his first short story won Fear magazine's Best New Author award, he was snapped up by an agent and subsequently published his first novel, Underground, a supernatural thriller set in the coalfields of his youth. Quitting journalism to become a full-time author, he has written stories which have transcended genre boundaries, but is perhaps best known in the fantasy field.
Mark has also forged a parallel career as a screenwriter with many hours of produced work for British television. He is a senior writer for BBC Drama, and is also developing new shows for the UK and US.
An expert on British folklore and mythology, he has held several varied and colourful jobs, including independent record company boss, band manager, production line worker, engineer's 'mate', and media consultant.
Having travelled extensively around the world, he has now settled in a rambling house in the middle of a forest not far from where he was born.
"Smart, fun, at times surprisingly moving, and occasionally downright shocking...impossible to put down." (Realms of Fantasy magazine)
"Combining the best elements of a spy thriller, heroic fantasy and Elizabethan mystery, Chadbourn deftly mixes gruesome brutality, a shadowy world of plots and counter-plots and a vivid cast of characters...creates an alternate reality as tangible and authentic as the history we think we know...In a year of outstanding fantasies, The Sword of Albion may just be one of the best so far." (Monsters and Critics)
"Gets off to a smashing start. The historical detail sets a believable backdrop, and the main character, a spy, could pass for a fantastical James Bond. Chadbourn sets a fast pace, pitting his characters against supernatural threats with a bit of horror thrown in." (RT Book Reviews)
Will Swyfte, Elizabethan England's greatest spy, takes on the fiendish forces of Faerie, in a fantastical, swashbuckling and fun-filled historical adventure...See all Product Description
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The spies that work for Walsingham, with Swyfte as point man have it about as easy as they do on Spooks. That is, they are likely to die or fall apart a lot, and descend into vice. Here the spies have the added pressure of the Call of Cthulhu style investigator - there are actual horrors in the night that can drive you mad.
A secret war with the Unseelie is kept from the public eye, and even those involved do not know the whole story about what is going on, except right at the top - that is, Queen Elizabeth and her direct coterie.
A detente has been struck as Dr John Dee managed to erect a defense that lessend the depradations of the monsters upon English humanity, but those in other countries still suffer, particularly in Scotland. The inhumans are not happy about this, and are looking to gain back the advantage.
Swyfte and his Bond style exploits are used as PR and propaganda. There is also the very real conflict with Spain going on - so the secret agents have multiple enemies to deal with, and in fact, this novel is set during the time of the invasion of King Philip's Spanish Armada. In fact, Swyfte's Spanish counterpart plays a significant role.
Several items are key - the titular object and its very disturbing past, a Shield, and a Key. With these weapons, some rather more modern-style weapons of war are available to those controlling them.
More of Swyfte's adventures, along with his sardonic assistant Nathaniel can be found in the Solaris Book of Fantasy, the long story therein shedding further light on what is going on in the background to this Elizabethan milieu. Also a highly recommended piece.
Mr CHADBOURNE has described the social conditions, history, clothes, technology, folk beliefs, and magic with such accuracy that he might have lived in the Elizabethan age.
The reader would gain much in appreciation of the age by reading the plays of William Shakespeare, especially 'A Midsummer Night's dream' A Midsummer Night's Dream. The reader might also benefit from a modern study of Doctor Dee The Queen's Conjuror: The Life and Magic of Dr. Dee: The Science and Magic of Dr.Dee.
It has very good pace especially the latter third. Enough scene setting to paint the picture but not so much as to dull the story.
I really liked the attention to detail on the historical and nautical facts, plus I liked the language. It's not posh english (not all "what ho my good man") but they all speak correctly, no slang. They speak like gentlemen which aided the feel of the book for me. Chadbourn has put his own spin on history to great effect, involving the stuff of nightmares and making you wonder about what does go bump in the night.
Will Swyfte appears in another unrelated Chadbourn book, Jack of Ravens, and it is great to see him have his own tales to tell. This is his story and I hope the first of many adventures of a very likeable if troubled character.
Although set in the same universe, there are subtle differences in how the players from the various factions operate, but this itself is consistent with the ever-changing nature of his universe. The book finishes conclusively, and I was afraid that it was a stand alone work, but I see that it is listed as Book 1, so here's hoping for the next to come very soon.
Departing from the fantasy set in modern times, we see an offering set in the Elizabethan period that seems to be coming very popular with other author. Add to the mix a touch of humour (with a Q like character) an international (or rather European) man of mystery and a whole host of villains from the fae world for the hero to over come and you know its going to be something a bit different. It is well written, the descriptiveness pretty tight and dialogue that will definitely win the reader over. A solid offering that will open a new branch into the fantasy world, I just hope he can maintain the quality with his second release.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As this was a present for my son i can't comment but he is really happy. Quick postage, really happy!Published 9 months ago by S. J. Adderley
This book is a fine read once you get into it. However at times it can be slightly confusing and difficult to identify and retain the plot.Published on 1 April 2013 by Mike Chapman
This an Elizabethan James Bond story really, to sum up before I have even started!
There is even a 'Q' like gadget inventor called 'Dee'(you see what he's done... Read more
Big mistake on my part.... I thought this was going to be a historical fiction novel in the vein of Sansom, Forrester, Clements etc but I should have checked the reviews a bit more... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2012 by Woody
Ever seen the Errol Flynn films? Did you like them? Then this book is for you! It's proper chivalry, spies, intrigue and adventure set in the Elizabethan era. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2012 by Andrea Mayze
This is a swashbuckling, supernatural Elizabethan spy story. Will Swyfte is England's greatest spy. He and his fellows work for Walsingham, supposedly fighting the Spanish, but in... Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2011 by Cathy Hill
This book is truly epic, i couldnt put it down and was completely hooked by it. if Amazon had 6 stars i would rate it 6 out of 6! Read morePublished on 10 May 2011 by Oliver Bush
The Age of Misrule triology are a hard act to follow (as shown by the author's subsequent poorer trilogies), and now Mark Chadbourn has set off on a different track - an alternate... Read morePublished on 1 April 2011 by Mark Shackelford