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Scars From The Past (The Craft of Kings Book 1) by [Birks, Derek]
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The author's style is to follow a variety of different members or friends of the Elder family rather than a single narrative, before tying them all together in an exciting and well-paced climax. For this alone, the book is well worth reading. There is plenty of action along the way, with back stories involving love, ambition, revenge, and lust. The period is well researched and the settings atmospheric and vividly described, so that at times the reader feels embedded in the mud and rain. As with all good historical fiction, the reader learns fascinating period detail while being entertained by an experienced author who knows his trade.;Historical Novel Society

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Derek was born in Hampshire in England but spent his teenage years in Auckland, New Zealand, where he still has strong family ties. For many years he taught history in a secondary school but took early retirement to concentrate on writing. Apart from his writing, he spends his time gardening, travelling, walking and taking part in archaeological digs at a Roman villa. Derek is interested in a wide range of historical themes but his particular favourite is the late medieval period. He writes action-packed fiction which is rooted in accurate history. His debut historical novel, Feud, is set in the period of the Wars of the Roses and is the first of a series entitled Rebels & Brothers which follows the fortunes of the fictional Elder family. The fourth and final book of the series, The Last Shroud, was published in the summer of 2015. The Elders will return in Scars from the Past, the first of a new series, in November 2016.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1031 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Derek Birks (24 Nov. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M26R22I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having enjoyed the author's previous series about the Elder family, I was happy to find out that a new set of books featuring the Elders was being written. I knew it would involve many new names and faces but was sure that the circumstances would be full of drama and intrigue and I was not mistaken or disappointed. An imaginative tale with a relentless stream of action culminating in...well let's just say the ending is full of surprises. One of the characters who was an instrumental figure in the Feud books, and one of my favorite fictional characters, makes her presence known. I am speaking of Eleanor Elder, a woman of many talents and one who will not be vanquished no matter how much is thrown at her, though her meddling does meet with some unexpected and most dire results. A very satisfying new entry for Mr. Birks and a worthy successor to his Feud series, as he leads the reader into the lives of Ned Elder's family; a family that just can't seem to stay out of trouble. 4.3 stars and a hearty shout, "Long Live Eleanor" :-)
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We are proud to announce that SCARS FROM THE PAST By Derek Birks is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
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I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Scars From the Past. It's the first novel from Derek Birks' new series and, I have to say, it is the ultimate page-turner! It is a new direction for the author. While there is just as much action as in the first series, the story is less about national politics and more family orientated, as the Elders fight to survive, and to avoid the family imploding.Where the first series concentrated on duty and feudal loyalty, this new novel examines more personal relationships; love and friendship.
The original Rebels & Brothers series told the story of Ned Elder, a Sharpe-like hero who fought his way through the Wars of the Roses and Edward IV's battle to win - and hold - the throne of England. The new series, set ten years after the end of the fourth book, The Last Shroud, follows the adventures of the next generation. Ned's son, John, is a young man finding it difficult to live up to his father's legend and the reader follows his journey as he realises his own identity and that duty and responsibility are not so easy to run from.
The storyline and character development of Scars From the Past lives up to the high standard that fans have come to expect from Derek Birks. Each character has his - or her - own unique traits and characteristics and the novel is as much about a study in personalities as it is about the plotline and constant action.
One characteristic I always loved about the Rebels & Brothers series was that the women were not all crying, panicking ladies who would scream if they broke a nail. Heroines like Eleanor and Maighread would fight just as hard as the men, for their loved ones. I need not have been concerned that that trait would not carry over into this series. Eleanor is still there, fighting the only way she knows how.
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This is the first book in a new series by Derek Birks – but it is loosely built on his previous series, Rebels and Brothers, and I would recommend reading that series for an extensive backstory, albeit that The Scars of the Past works well as a stand-alone.
We are in England in 1481, and the young John Elder has had it with living in the shadow of his dead hero father, Ned Elder. So John decides to set off on adventure instead of assuming the responsibilities that come with lordship, and accordingly, off he goes to Flanders and the not-so-fun life of a mercenary. However, prior to leaving, John has earned the undying hatred of bad guy Elias Slade, which will result in even more calamity for the Elder family.
In turbulent times, villains such as Elias Slade thrive, while God-fearing people suffer and die. With John gone, the Elder family consists of women and children, and as such they are very much at the mercy of Slade. Mind you, formidable Eleanor Elder isn’t about to let a low-life crush her, but still, things don’t look good. At all. Add to this personal mess a very young Prince of Wales living in Ludlow and eager for his own adventures (and I must say it was refreshing to see the future Edward V presented as a hearty, courageous lad, rather than the milksop he is usually depicted as) and you end up with quite an exciting plot.
Mr Birks familiarity with the period is evident throughout, as is his knowledge of the geographical setting. Medieval Gloucester and Ludlow spring into squalid life, as do stews and inns, 15th century goodwives and whores, mercenaries and thugs.
Mr Birks also offers quite the cast of characters. Some, like Eleanor Elder, survived the first series and are still going strong in this new story, albeit somewhat more careworn.
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