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Only gripes I have are that there are still far too many typos, and the author is very keen on listing what people are wearing, and what an army packs into its carts when going off on campaign! Once is fine - it gives you a real sense of how self-reliant they had to be - but after that it just seems unnecessary.
Overall though, this is very readable, and the series is developing well.
The first volume focused on the younger years of Conrad Wolf, the book’s hero, allowing us to follow the hard and tough apprenticeship of a Sword Brother and their lifestyle. This is made up of almost constant warfare as they seek to conquer more and more territory over the native tribes and people in almost incessant warfare and hold out until the next batch of Crusaders reinforces them and allows them to continue their expansion.
This volume shows the young Conrad as a warlord of Estonia and focuses on his multiple deeds (of course). Those who (like me!) are looking for masses of battles set in a historical context that the author follows as scrupulously as he can will enjoy this one just as much as the previous volume. Although it is just about possible to read it without having read the previous volume, if only because a number of references and mentions of what happened in volume 1 are included, it is much preferable to read “The Sword Brothers” first.
The few reservations I have were also very similar to the ones I had for the previous volume. The editing could be improved, with a number of avoidable typos and the narrative of some battles tending to mix up right and left wings of the respective armies. The author also tends to multiply enumerations, treated you systematically with the numbers making up each contingent for each campaign and battle. Since there are many of these, some readers might find this a little bit repetitive and tedious, even if I did not mind.
I also liked the references to Estonian gods and myths (hence the title of my review) and the introduction of a female warrior even if the Sword Brothers do not seem to have been historically as “nice” as depicted in the book, and this may be putting it rather mildly. Four strong stars for a warmly recommended book. I will certainly read volume 3 when it comes out.
I think that Peter Darman puts into a book of fiction many of the probable alliances of the time, the living and existing conditions, and sets the story into the reality of that period of history. Both books are worth reading, both for the history, completely new to me, and the various plots and subplots, and of course the action.
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OK once you get into the story line