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Feud Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 49 minutes|
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|Audible.co.uk Release Date||14 September 2018|
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The author clearly knows his history of the age and demonstrates his extensive knowledge of medieval warfare, the depiction of the different battles, both within towns and on the muddy plain, is superb. The terrifying aftermath of battles, when the victorious run riot for spoils as the vanquished flee in despair, if they are lucky, is also brilliantly portrayed. Although we should be, as readers, faithful to the White Rose, careful consideration as been given to the unavoidable fates of people on both sides and the death of Owen Tudor stand out as a special tribute.
Intertwined with the 'big Fued', we have the 'little Fued', where we have the Elder family of Elder Hall, recently recruited to the Yorkist cause, battle against the Radcliffes of Yordale Castle, long established supporters of the King
Within the first couple of pages we are thrown into the action in this bitter family rivalry, with the death of the patriarch of the Elder family. The playing out of this is truly action packed with strong individual adventures for our hero, Ned Elder, his sisters, Emma and Eleanor, and eventually the love of his life, Amelie. There is also an extensive cast of supporting characters who all have their roles to play. The protagonists are good, albeit somewhat fallible on occasions and the antagonists are almost always really, really bad. There is an incredibly varied interaction between the warring parties throughout the breadth of the country, with a pretty high body count so, be warned, don't get too fond of anybody. It is so busy that on occasion you have to step back and take stock of the situation, although I wouldn't consider this a criticism, merely an appreciation of the complexity of the tale.
With the dramatic conclusion at and near Towton, we are able to close the door on the current crisis but are fully aware that it will all come back to bite the Yorkists and the Elders very soon.
Where the 'big Fued' and the 'little Fued' really come together is with the parallel positions of Edward of March and Ned Elder, both of whom loose their fathers and are suddenly required to step up to the plate. Their initial meeting is an exceptionally poignant piece of writing giving rise to a special relationship in the future.
I already have the remaining three books in the series queued up on my Kindle and look forward to continuing this incredibly series when 'A Traitors Fate' hits the top of my reading pile.
Feud is the debut novel by Derek Birks and the first in a four book series. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it. Was it going to be a bloody battles historical novel, or a family saga? Well, simply it is both.
The book follows the … well, the feud, obviously… between the Elder family and their neighbours, the Radcliffes. To some extent, the story of the families opened a little fast for me, launching straight into the moment of critical mass in the families’ struggles from the first page without much of a chance to acclimatise to the characters. In retrospect, given the size and scope of the book, I expect Derek took the deliberate decision to cut down on early chaff.
Driven from his lands and with his family dead, captive or scattered, Ned Elders sets off on a mission to put things right in the face of insurmountable odds. And as the story follows his journey, as well as those of his sisters, his friends and his enemies, the tale interweaves with the events of political and military manoeuvering and warfare leading up to the dreadful battle of Towton in 1461.
Firstly, let me say that this novel is an indie published work and is at the very top of the quality scale. It is exceptionally well written and polished. Apart from the fairly precipitous beginning and a perhaps over-complex web of events that led me to regularly think back and work out where everyone was, everything I found about the book was good. The writing is descriptive and immersive, yet driven along by the characters at a surprisingly swift pace. Those characters are well rounded and quite believable. There is nothing superman about them. They are human, with flaws and feelings, and they struggle through bad times. And Derek is not averse to killing important characters, so don’t get too attached to the supporting cast. The battle scenes are bloody and action packed, and the (many) scenes of individual derring-do are excellent.
Moreover, there is a sense that this feud that forms the backbone of the tale is rather unnecessary. The characters are not black and white on the whole, but grey. The Radcliffes actually contain good people in the end, and the actions of the Elders at times can be a little questionable. Although there can be no doubt that Edmund Radcliffe is definitely a slimeball! Nicely done, I’d say.
The landscapes here – and the book stretches from North Yorkshire to Wales, to Shropshire and London, and back north again – are well painted, and some of the area is local to me, so I could visualise the places well.
The first novel deals with the feud and achieves a good, finite ending on that family squabble, yet we are still left with questions about the future of the family during these tumultuous times. And so this book took me to 1461 and left me wanting to read the other three, which I presume will gradually bring me to Bosworth field and the end of the Wars.
In short, an excellent debut with some memorable characters and a good swift pace. Give it a read and you’ll not be disappointed.
If, like me, you enjoy a historical novel or two then this could be the book for you.
Treachery, battles and family feuds all set against a backdrop of the War of the Roses.
Derek skilfully weaves his tale of the Elder family from the wilds of the Yorkshire Dales to the Welsh borders, encompassing the battles of Mortimer's Cross, St Albans and finishing with he bloodbath that was Towton Field.
Enjoyed the characters, good and bad and the story ripped along at a cracking pace.
I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who also likes a historical novel.
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I think what kept my attention were the underlying human stories, but I feel like they were simply abandoned at the end. And, although I can gather why the introduction of some characters may have made writing easier, I was sorely disappointed that their stories were written out so abruptly.
I gave four stars because it did hold my attention and kept me up late some nights. However, I feel much more restless for answers than I do for the typical book. I feel like the ending was put together is a rush with the goal of just it done
BRAVO BRAVO , Derek Birks
I had to keep reading to learn how it all would turn out! It certainly was an engaging read!