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The Helm by [Seddon, Harry]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A683HK6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #536,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In his 2013 review Tractormandave commented that Harry Seddon `very obviously took a cooking pot from his kitchen and mixed random ingredients to create a story loosely based on what he thought happened'. That's perfectly true - whilst Mr Seddon's disregard for the historical timeline of those `mixed random ingredients' lies somewhere between the bizarre and the blatant.

For some unexplained reason the story takes place between 13th May 1300 and the spring of 1304 (yes, each chapter is date stamped) and the main characters of the story are Mary, an illiterate village girl in her mid-20s (her shepherd husband has just walked out on her after the birth of an unwanted daughter Yan) and Mona, an extremely old and mysterious woman who looks after the ill of the village. A witch? Yes, but fortunately far more benign than the ten Pendle witches executed at Lancaster Assizes 300 years later. See Mist Over Pendle.

I winced (several questionable double entendres and a number of juvenile attempts at humour caused a similar reaction) when:

1. Mona explains the phenomenon of the Helm wind to Mary (it's peculiar to a section of Cumbria's Eden Valley and has little to do with the underlying story) using the hydrodynamic model first developed by the meteorologist Gordon Manley 630 years later and confirmed by glider flights in 1939.

2. Mary and Mona visit the nearby Appleby Horse Fair twice between 1300 and 1304. The description is indistinguishable from the Fair that, at the beginning of June and a few miles from me, takes place each year - although the Appleby Fair wasn't established until King James II granted a Royal Charter in 1685.

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I am not usually a reader of historical fantasy but I was so glad that I read The Helm. Once I had got into the first few chapters I couldn't put the book down until I had finished it - which is a rare thing for me. Sometimes I found the dialogue too 'modern' for the 14th century, but, even so, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I hope there will be a Helm: Part 2 as I want to know what the future holds for Yan and Mona.
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An enjoyable read with great characters. The author clearly has great local knowledge and I have learnt some completely useless but nonethelesss interesting facts. This book has some really wonderful fantastical elements.
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If you know the East Fellside you will appreciate Harry's book. Set in medieval times Harry weaves the story around local settings and traditions which those who live here can relate to. What an imagination and hidden depths he has. Look for the sequel!
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