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This volume, however, focuses on the Angles settling scores at home against the encroaching Jutes and Danes pressing in from the North and East, respectively. However, the hero does lead an expedition to what is still (but less and less) Britannia (but without the Romans) and transports and sides with one of the contenders for supreme power following the death of a certain warlord called Arthur. The contender is called Cerdic and he made out to be one of Arthur’s former’s lieutenants and a Briton (and not a Saxon). This is also the occasion for the author to have his characters visit a circle of huge “ringing stones” (Stonehenge). You also get treated to the first Anglian settlements in what is becoming “New Anglia,” and some of the old Roman ones as well.
Most of the book, however, is about the Angles fighting against the Jutes and the Danes in the early sixth century. The story in this episode takes place towards the end of AD 523 and in the early months of AD 524. The general impression is that the Angles are increasingly hard pressed because they are fighting on several fronts. It is becoming increasingly clear that a choice will have to be made between new and old Anglia since the Angle King of his warriors cannot hope to win on both fronts. This is the choice that Eofer, the second son of Earl Wondred, himself the main warlord of the Angle King, presents to his lord.
Also worth noting is that there is no need to read any of the previous titles of the Beowulf trilogy before this one. A number of characters and people, including Beowulf and his (historical) uncle Hygelac King of the Geats are also mentioned in this volume, but only in passing.
However, if you have read some of the author’s works before, then you already have some idea of what to expect. Here again, you will not be disappointed battle-wise with yet another desperate battle between an outnumbered force of Angles and the full Jutish army lead by their King. The warrior-ethics and heroics are on full display with the hero and his most trusted warriors doing their utmost to sell their lives as dearly as possible. Well before that, you also get an idea of the near constant raiding and counter-raiding (the “hall burnings” as they are called) that must have been the most characteristic element of endemic warfare between the numerous warlike tribes of the whole North European region.
Four strong stars for another well-researched and exciting piece of adventure set in a post-Roman period that is yet again attracting more interest from novelists. I am very much looking forward to reading volume 2.
Robert Southworth (Author of the Spartacus Chronicles)
I wasn’t disappointed at all, it’s a nonstop ride for Eofer and his loyal men… honestly the man never stops moving.
I really enjoyed the descriptiveness and the language used to weave this tale, it was a nice blend of words I’m familiar with whilst also engaging my brain with some words I’ve not come across before.. I like this in a book, hooks you in.. keeps your brain active.
Not much is given away by the synopsis but you can tell from that and the cover that war is afoot..and lots of it. Revenge is the word to describe this book.. every action has a reaction and it left me wondering what was coming next..and indeed left me wondering what more can happen in book 2.
I did feel at times the story jumped too fast.. at one stage our hero arrives home and sees his family but with the turn of the page he’s off again. It didn’t leave much chance for the characters to develop or for me to bond with them but the authors style of writing leads me to believe these characters develop long term.. not just over 1 book
From reading the authors notes I can tell some of these characters have appeared in previous books also which will spur me on to read his previous books to gain more perspective into these characters.
While I would have liked to see a bit more growth with a few characters I did however fall I love with a few of the others. There were two who stood out for me as the most interesting Grimwulf and Spearhafoc.. I hope they play a bit part in the next book
The storyline itself took me a few chapters to get into.. to understand who Eofer was.. but once things got going I was hooked. I’m never one for spoiling a story but look out for some awesome battlefield scenes being played out.
Overall this is a very strong book; decent storyline with some very good characters who I hope will develop throughout the series. It’s a fast paced, well written story full of blood and death. The author clearly knows his stuff and the historical note at the end of the book helps keep fact from fiction. Credit to the author, he’s left me with a taste for his work.. and I want more
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