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Initial post: 8 Feb 2011 11:15:45 GMT
fo says:
I have just read Giles Kristian Raven Blood Eye and the 2nd book - Sons of Thunder. I loved these. Have also read Bernard Cornwell's Alfred (Saxon) books and am awaiting bothof these authors next books. Can anyone suggest a good read whilst I wait with baited breath for the next installments of above. I also like books on the Templars and have read several different authors.

Posted on 8 Feb 2011 11:25:30 GMT
Fiona Hurley says:
If you're looking for a good Viking-era adventure, I can recommend Lion of Ireland by Morgan Llywelyn. Her retelling of the Cuchullain saga, Red Branch, is also a thumping great read.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2011 21:03:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Feb 2011 21:05:47 GMT
Tom Fleck
Is set in 1513, the year of the battle of Flodden. It is told from the point of view of a humble recruit.
I think it a rich story. But there again - I am the author.

Posted on 9 Feb 2011 09:23:46 GMT
Ruth O'D says:
Why not be brave and try Walter Scott's Ivanhoe?? It might take a bit of an effort to get into, but it's great. I also love all Bernard Cornwell's medieval books, although I think the current Saxon series is the best.

Posted on 21 Mar 2011 19:36:30 GMT
Hezzy says:
A Book that combines both real and imagined history of the roman gladitorial Arenas ...FOR THOSE ABOUT TO DIE..Danie P Mannix..A great read but shocking in parts.

Posted on 21 Mar 2011 22:05:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Mar 2011 22:09:17 GMT
E. C. Jensen says:
I think you should read Moon in Leo It is beginning to get excellent reviews, and is a multilayered, exciting adventure/love story, set in the late Restoration, when resntments and plots are simmering, and there are fears of another outbreak of Civil War.

Posted on 22 Mar 2011 21:28:36 GMT
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Posted on 23 Mar 2011 12:19:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2011 14:41:46 GMT
G. Doherty says:
One of the periods I find fascinating is the tail-end of the Roman Empire, when the legions have lost their seeming invincibility and the infrastructure is crumbling. There is just something much more fascinating about the concept of the Roman Empire teetering on collapse, ripe for conquering.

My novel, "Legionary" is set in just this period. It is a tale of adventure in the struggling Roman legions and conspiracy at the very top of the imperial and ecclesiastical tree of power.

If you like this period then I'm sure this'll be up your street! If you haven't tried it - give it a go!

Legionary 3.56

The Roman Empire is crumbling, and a shadow looms in the east...

376 AD: the Eastern Roman Empire is alone against the tide of barbarians swelling on her borders. Emperor Valens juggles the paltry border defences to stave off invasion from the Goths north of the Danube. Meanwhile, in Constantinople, a pact between faith and politics spawns a lethal plot that will bring the dark and massive hordes from the east crashing down on these struggling borders.

The fates conspire to see Numerius Vitellius Pavo, enslaved as a boy after the death of his legionary father, thrust into the limitanei, the border legions, just before they are sent to recapture the long-lost eastern Kingdom of Bosporus. He is cast into the jaws of this plot, so twisted that the survival of the entire Roman world hangs in the balance...

Posted on 25 Mar 2011 19:44:25 GMT
fo says:
After reading so many recommendations on this forum and countless others, I made a database of books that I want to read (all 200 + of them) I went to the local library and would you believe it, not one of these books were in stock - typical!

Posted on 26 Mar 2011 12:22:24 GMT
You could try Traitor's Gate (Dignity of the Sword): By Mary Fitzgerald. Set in the siege of Chester during the Civil War, it's a really fun adventure novel. Very atmospheric and goes along at a hell of a lick.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2011 23:20:34 BDT
LEP says:
It's a bit odd that out of 200 choices non were in stock. You can reserve books and also ask for them to be got from other libraries.

Posted on 1 May 2011 22:17:21 BDT
Amethyst says:
You could try The Seahawk's Sanctuary, a newly released novel. Has been getting good reviews in the states.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2011 23:00:23 BDT
fo says:
Yes I know I can reserve books at the library but we have to pay 1.00 per request that = 200.00 if I request books that are on my list, so now I don't request them, I just keep looking in case they are in stock. Thanks for your tip anyway.

Just read Karen Maitland's A Company of Liars, what a fantastic book

Posted on 8 May 2011 10:27:25 BDT
Lee McAulay says:
My own suggestions:
- Harry Harrison's One King's Way (Hammer and the Cross) is a good one and I think there are at least three in the series.
- Morgan Llywelyn as mentioned above, although she focuses mainly on Ireland's early history.
- Diana L Paxson - The White Raven to start with.
Enjoy!

Posted on 8 May 2011 11:18:09 BDT
G. Doherty says:
Hi,

Fancy a bit of adventure in the dusk of the Roman Empire?
Legionary

It's set just prior to the Battle of Adrianople, and Rome is really shaking, with the massive swell of Goths, Huns and Persians on her borders all equal to her once mighty legions.

If you give it a go I'm sure you won't be disappointed :)

Posted on 8 May 2011 12:52:30 BDT
SIRIUS says:
@ fo, if you aren't limited to books in the library, try the newly released tale of Bronze Age Ireland. Bending the Boyne: A Novel of Ancient Ireland depicts ancient Eire using bang-on archaeology from scholars like Cunliffe at Oxford who have a new vision of "Celtic" and the Isles' shared culture and when it began ( not in central Europe and well before the Iron Age!)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2011 15:47:57 BDT
C. Mckeon says:
I would love to have a copy of your list of 200 books you would like to read as I was trying to make such a list, but have only just started. Do you feel able to share your list with me? if so my email address is chrismckeon1@googlemail.com. I would be very grateful - but if not I understand. Thank you Chris McKeon

Posted on 17 May 2011 16:42:41 BDT
Tankis says:
Have a look at the below book:

THE WAGNERIAN ASSIGNMENT

As Berlin burns Hitler is snatched from under the noses of the advancing Russian Army and flown to the relative safety of the Berghof, all part of the plan to create a National Redoubt. Colonel Otto Skorzeny assumes command realising the chance of survival with the allied forces closing in are very slim. Help comes from an unlikely corner in the shape of Major William Robertson of British Intelligence. The two war heroes from opposing sides start off as natural enemies but soon join forces with the common goal of aiding Hitler's escape. Albeit for different reasons!

Thanks,

Dan.

Posted on 5 Jun 2011 18:01:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jun 2011 04:38:27 BDT
The Familiar: A Gothic Tale of Terror!

A larger coven of witches comes to Salem for the first full lunar eclipse of the winter solstice in over three hundred seventy four years. They drug the man to make him their slave. When he is found drunk in possession stolen jewelry from a grave, he is sentenced to be hung. The witches give him a strange potion that mimics death. The authorities bury him thinking he is already dead. The rare lunar eclipse during the winter solstice passes. He emerges from the grave a changed man: now he is in the form of a large cat that changes into the form of a man during the full moon. His powers allow him to be charming and gamble to control others with a "second-sight" ability he lacked before. He can change to many forms of beast when his life is threatened. He can see what scares someone the most to use that against them. Anytime he changes to a beastly form his demons demand payment in the form of a human life. He fights this and more: A warlock so powerful that Winston's powers as a familiar pale in comparison!
The Familiar
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Posted on 5 Jun 2011 20:58:06 BDT
Try Simon Scarrow's Macro and Cato series. Entertaining, gritty and full of both action and squaddie cynicism its worth a look. Plus the latest one is out end of the year :)

No Roads Lead to Rome is pretty good too No Roads Lead to Rome: The Decline and Fall of Damn Near Everything

And historical fiction of nautical kind, the Aubrey and Maturin novels are ok plus Douglas Reeman's various offerings. All easy to get into and highly well written :)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2011 15:23:46 BDT
Ruth
I second that. Ivanhoe is a bit tricky to get into but once you become used to Scott's archaic style it's not a problem and it's actually a very good read. I'm going on to The Talisman next.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2011 15:26:20 BDT
If we're talking Gothic as well as Vikings etc, then please take a look at Florence and Giles only 99p. It's had great press reviews:

'Harding rings enough ingenious changes on James's study of perversity to produce his own full-blown Gothic horror tale. The climax of their struggle... is genuinely exciting and shocking. Florence's often very personal narrative does... powerfully and convincingly convey the vulnerablility of children faced with terror.' THE INDEPENDENT

`Florence and Giles is an elegant literary exercise worked out with the strictness of a fugue: imagine Henry James's The Turn of the Screw reworked by Edgar Allan Poe...Nothing prepares you for the chillingly ruthless but inevitable finale.' THE TIMES

'A tight gothic thriller... The climax becomes unbearably tense. Florence feels the horror of her situation "cheese-grating" her soul, which is just how Harding leaves the reader feeling at the end of this creepily suggestive story.' FINANACIAL TIMES

`Brilliantly creepy' DAILY MIRROR

`An intriguing read' GRAZIA

`A good, clever, modern take on old-style American gothic; a creepy haunted house tale in which the living are just as eerie as any real or imagined ghouls.' NEW ZEALAND HERALD

`a scarily good story, in an arrestingly unusual narrative voice.' THE OXFORD TIMES

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2011 13:37:20 BDT
fo says:
I will definately let you have a copy of my list, though I must stress that this is not a comprehensive list of all the books I have read/want to read, these are only the latest ones. I have read many books other than those on list that were fantastic, this is mainly a list of books that other people have recommended. When I have up-dated the list I will let you have it, but give me a few weeks to sort it out.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2011 17:38:25 BDT
C. Mckeon says:
Thanks SO much. I will really appreciate a list like this as I feel a newcomer with a huge ocean of books to choose from and a list like yours will give me a wonderful way to navigate my way through, rather than drowning in a sea of authors. I appreciate it may be a couple of weeks in arriving, but THANK YOU

chrismckeon2@googlemail.com

Posted on 28 Jun 2011 16:41:37 BDT
Lauren Jones says:
I have just read a book set in 1876 in Japan and Tibet. 'The Geisha and The Monk' folows it's two characters through to San Fransisco in 1900. Although not to heavy on the historical details, i found there was just enough to satisfy my needs. An enjoyable read, quite touching really. Would recomend.
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