6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A very gratifying book to read,
This review is from: Wordsmith's Tale, The (Paperback)
I wouldn't consider myself a very big reader, let alone a fan of historical novels, however I found The Wordsmith's Tale compelling. If you're browsing the reviews having read few or not any historical books, don't think this is just factual and unapproachable: Stephen Edden mixes fiction with real events, as well as myths, making this quite reachable, whilst including lots of well-researched historical references at the same time. The story is written from the point of view of Thomas The Piper, who recounts how his family have lived, died, loved, laughed and fought through difficult times. Furthermore, by telling the story in this way, I was left with a very personal feel!
I enjoyed how much the author familiarised me with the characters and the era, despite how long ago the events took place. For example in the author's note, Stephen Edden states he wanted to use Old English Phraseology wherever possible. I found this very interesting and I think without realising, you are taken back to Anglo-Saxon England and become strangely fond of the characters despite their frank bad habits and hygiene etc, demonstrating how well the author has researched this period of history.
In my opinion the worst kind of book is one that leaves you feeling very little afterwards - The Wordsmith's Tale certainly is not one of these. I would definitely agree with feeling 'richer' for having read it; for me it appeals to everyone's secret ideals - living life to the fullest with every twist and turn whilst appreciating life's simple but important pleasures: family, love and nature.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Stephen Edden's novel and would recommend it to anyone, even if you aren't familiar with this period of history or have never read a historical book!