Hereward Hardcover – 23 Jun 2011
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"A novel about brutal and bloody times and not for for the squeamish but Wilde has succeeded in giving new and convincing life to a half-forgotten English hero" (BBC HISTORY magazine)
"Moves at a wonderful pace... great swathes of blood-letting and an overall kickass arc... great stuff" (FALCATATIMES.COM)
"Fantastically realised... strong, believable characters, lashings of fast-paced action" (ELOQUENTPAGE.COM)
Thrilling, action-packed historical debut that rescues one of England's forgotten heroes from the mists of early medieval history and brings him to brutal and bloody life...See all Product description
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Set before and just after 1066. It focuses on the heroic if somewhat bloodthirsty Hereward. Sometimes better known to history as Hereward The Wake.
The first scene where the hero is encountered is not what one you would expect and sets the pace which hardly lets up throughout. Escaping to the northeast at first to medieval York and then across to Flanders before heading back to darkest fenland. Hereward cuts a bloody path through his foes, no matter if they be English, Viking or Norman.
It is very refreshing to stumble across a tale set in 1066 or there abouts where Harold or William are not the central characters, but bit players. Ok very powerful and vital bit players, but still supporting all the same.
All in all I found this book believable, well researched and well written. Well done.
I'm off to read the next instalment now
The story starts a few years before the events of 1066 and Mr Wilde sets the overall historical context brilliantly as Hereward is forced to fight for justice against the people and organisations who have tried to ruin his life. The book is packed full of superb characterisations and fight scenes that really have you wanting the main character to take vengeance on the bad guys.
Herward is a fantastic debut novel about a character I knew nothing about. It's a great read and I look forward to book two, easily worth five stars.
I was hoping for great things from this debut novel from a new author. The historical novel and in particular the dark ages/medieval eras have always been my preferred genre and so I tend to pick up nearly everything new as it is published and the recent resurgence of interest in the period has thrown up several very good and several less than good new offerings.
I was a little disappointed that there were so many glaring historical gaffs and adherence to known facts about the period and the `real' characters from history was loose at best. However, the book was a good entertaining read, rattling along at a terrific pace from one bout of combat to the next with hardly a breath between. The central character of Hereward takes on the mantle of a Saxon super hero single handed slaying all in his path from packs of wolves to Norman armies, not terribly realistic but great fun.
If you are not looking for an accurate portrayal of the English hero of the Norman conquest, or strict adherence to the facts, but seek a good hack and slash romp then you will find this book to your taste, enjoyable and worth the effort.
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