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Wasteland (The Lost King Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Lake
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Book Description

Victory, betrayal and revenge. Wasteland.

"Every bit as good as its prequel, The Lost King: Resistance. Don't be put off if you don't like history. This story will appeal to anyone, whether interested in history or not. "
"I heartily recommend this very readable and enjoyable journey into the England's history and look forward with great anticipation to the next volume in the series."

The year is 1069. The Norman invaders are stealing the land of the English people, building castles to subdue them and relentlessly making a once free people into serfs. But the English will not submit. Armed resistance flares across the land. Yet, to become effective, it needs a leader who can unite the nation.

That leader is Edgar Atheling, heir of Alfred the Great, a young man born to be king.

Edgar knows he must defeat William the Conqueror, a ruthless leader and formidable foe. But can a 17 year old boy with an ill-equipped army challenge the Conqueror for his birthright, the throne of England? Edgar's one hope of victory is to forge an alliance with England's ancient Viking enemies and pray that the rest of his people rise up in support.

Wasteland tells how the agony of war shapes and matures Edgar and how he learns to inspire loyalty from his allies and respect even from his enemies.

Wasteland is book 2 of 'The Lost King' series. It is a fast-moving story of how a young boy comes of age in a time of victory, betrayal and revenge.

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    More About the Author

    Ever since I was young I've been fascinated by two things: books and history. In the last few years I've been lucky enough to combine these two passions.

    After studying at the University of East Anglia I worked as a lecturer, trainer and company director. But when I suffered a serious accident I had to reduce my work which I moaned about for a while. But every cloud has a silver lining and I decided to concentrate on my life-long passion for writing.

    It's a decision I've never regretted. Since then I've written six novels and a number of short stories. I hope you take a look at them and enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

    You can find my blog at http://martinlakewriting.wordpress.com
    and follow me on twitter @martinlake14

    I also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MartinLakeWriting


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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking story of Resistance 21 April 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel which is such a brilliant mix of story and history. Edgar Atheling, the prince of Alfred's bloodline attempts to reclaim the throne of England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. First off the characters are as alive as if they were sharing a feast with me. I would not care to be on the other side of their shield walls. Edgar is carefully drawn as a warrior hero with humanity. He is believable. The story's narrative hurtles from fast paced scene to fast paced scene all excellently portrayed leaving a reader breathless and looking for more. Other characters can be found in Domesday as dispossessed tenants of Alan of Brittany. Having researched this territory myself I recognise villages and their lords. Alan Rufus, cousin to William of Normandy is portrayed as ruthless. He became a Tenant in chief in the North after the harrying that continued through 1071. Martin Blake's vignette, a scene that includes Alan Rufus and King William is superb in the way tension throughout it is preserved. As for the Danish princes, they too are ruthless, looking for the best opportunity out of a dysfunctional time when the north of England becomes embroiled in rebellion. I loved the depictions of outlaws in this story as we meet characters who help and betray the young prince.

    I felt too as I read that Martin Lake's use of landscape as it would have been in the 11th C was terrific. I felt I was there on the Roman roads, in the destroyed villages, walking with Edgar and his companions through the ruined streets of early medieval York. This novel is an accomplishment beautifully and accurately told. I found it unputdownable and now I shall have to read its forerunner, Resistance.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars History comes alive again. 4 Sept. 2011
    By R. Dunn
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Martin Lake continues the lively adventures, or generally misadventures, of the unfortunate King Edgar.
    The tale fairly gallops along; there are certainly no boring passages in the book. Lake has clearly done
    a lot of research in putting the history together; how many of the characters are factual and how many
    are added from his imagination I do not know but all come to life very real and believeable. Lake's
    masterful use of dialogue contributes much to this believability, how the persons speak and what they say
    fit exactly the image their actions suggest. As with the first volume, this one ends leaving the reader in
    suspense. The story of Edgar's curious relationship with the Norman William is not finished. Will another
    volume be forthcoming? I'm sure it would be welcomed.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Same Mixture, Only Better Than Before 15 Oct. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    If this book's predecessor, Resistance, got five stars, then this one should get six. The pace and readability are the same, but the characters are more filled out and sympathetic. This is especially the case with Edgar himself; as he matures, he becomes more wise, cunning, even more ruthless. We are with him as he takes on the characteristics necessary to become a king. He deals skilfully with King Malcolm of Scotland, and then with his new and dangerous allies, the vikings, playing them off against each other. His relationship with the girl Worm/Anna is especially beguiling because of the neat way it is underplayed. Again, a great read.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Wasteland: Book 2 of The Lost King by Martin Lake 16 Aug. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The further I go into this wonderfully written series the more I want to know about William the Bastard and the Norman conquest of England, a subject that doesn't receive due justice or scrutiny on my side of The Pond in my humble opinion. All I ever learned was the date 1066, nothing about the reality of the time. English resistance and rebellion during this period is the focus of the author's work and I couldn't help but wonder how things would be different if the Normans had been thrown back to Normandy.

    The main character is Edgar, the rightful King of England as proclaimed by The Witan after the disastrous defeat at Hastings. In book 2 he has raised an army and allied himself with a large Danish force with the intent of recovering his crown. There is little that goes right for Edgar as he is faced time and time again with adverse results in battle and with treachery and betrayal. The author has given the reader a steady glimpse into the mind of Edgar as he deals with these defeats and betrayals and how he subjects his doubts and fears to an indomitable spirit to survive and to succeed.

    I heartily recommend this very readable and enjoyable journey into the England's history and look forward with great anticipation to the next volume in the series. 4 stars and a thank you for kindling my desire to know more.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another rattling good story from Martin Lake 13 Jan. 2013
    By andy
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    Every bit as good as its prequel, The Lost King: Resistance. Don't be put off if you don't like history. This story will appeal to anyone, whether interested in history or not. I wanted Edgar to win, even though I knew he wouldn't. Writing style, characterisation, storyline all first rate
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Hurray for King Edgar! 7 Jun. 2013
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    A great sequel in the story of the real king of England when William the Conqueror took over. Believable characters, gripping story, from a history I didn't know. Makes me root for King Edgar even though history tells us he doesn't win. Can't wait for the third book!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Wasteland - I loved it 21 Sept. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The second in a series set in those dark days immediately following the Norman invasion. Martin's books are really well written with that certain pace that makes them hard to put down. I can't wait for the next one..
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