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One possible defect is that this book – some 720 pages - is rather long. This is itself should not be a defect except for the fact that it is not fast paced. Accordingly, at least some readers might be either overwhelmed and get a bit bored of reading about similar events (multiple battles, cruel winter) that almost become stereotypes.
A second limitation is about form and style. The latter is not very lively and slow going and, as another reviewer mentioned, the book could have done with some better editing. The author also tends to systematically get involved in detailed descriptions of numbers for each and every contingent fighting on each side and for each battle or siege. Given that there are many of these, this tends to get a bit repetitive, although it does show something that is historically correct. In most encounters, the Crusaders and Sword Brothers tended to be outnumbered, sometimes very heavily and in the cases where they were not, this was largely because of their Livs allies.
Another potential problem is that the author, while having obviously done his research work (with more on this further on in the review) has also taken a few liberties and has somewhat “simplified” the historical background. One of these is to depict the Sword Brothers are being mostly somewhat “nice”, in particular towards the natives.Read more ›
The writing is descriptive and detailed yet skips the dull parts such as seasons where nothing of note happens rather than giving you a chapter that isn't required, keeping you closely in touch with battle action.
If you like reading the likes of Simon Scarrow, Conn Iggulden, SJA Turney you will (I hope) like this book as well, and for the price it's selling at it's well worth a punt if you're unsure.
The only problem is now waiting for the next instalment!
Unfortunately, I get the feeling that this may have been rushed to print. It seems in need of an edit. For example, I can list at least 5 instances of the anecdote about Hans eating a lot, staying thin but being surprisingly strong. Considering the quality of the "joke", one appearance would have been sufficient.
Another area where a thorough edit would have help are in the descriptions of the weapons and shield emblems. This is not too dissimilar to the descriptions of what everyone was wearing the the Parthian Chronicles. A mention of the major tribes emblems would have sufficed.
Because it is an area of history that is not explored, I would highly recommend this book. Unfortunately, due to the excess descriptions and anecdotes, I can only give it 3 stars.
Really enjoyed the 'Parthian' series and his new venture 'The Sword Brothers' has got off to a cracking start - a real page turner. I like my Historical fiction books to be based on fact, some twists and turns, in depth characters and of course plenty of action. This book meets all the criteria
look forward to the sequel
The book, although long, is well paced; for once the main character is not transformed from nothing to all-conquering hero in 20 pages. This is the first in a five or six volume series, and it tells the story of Conrad's time as a novice and how he is trained, and learns his new trade. All this is set against a believable historical background - some factual, some fictional. The main characters on all sides develop well, with good back-stories, and most of them are very mixed personalities - this is no black and white tale. After all, to the inhabitants, the Catholic Christians are simply another band of invaders to be expelled.
The author does a good job of describing the region and it's inhabitants. There are a myriad of tribes and sub-tribes, and initially the large cast of characters can seem a bit overwhelming, but the author is careful to bring them all to life, and you soon work out who is who.
The only criticism I have - unfortunately not for the first time with the author - is that he really does need to find a good editor and proof-reader. There are simply too many errors to be ignored. However, this does not take away from an intriguing story, well told and well paced.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the dialogue in the initial chapters rather stilted but warmed up to the story line as the novel progressed. But this is just a story . Read morePublished 12 months ago by Neil Forde
Another great story by Peter Damon marred by poor (or the complete absence of) proof reading. I won't go into detail here as anyone interested can read my comments and similar... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Plustone
Up to his usual standard. I enjoyed it, the battle scenes are well written and gripping. On to the next!Published 13 months ago by squaddie
Enjoyed the first book, it keeps you going, waiting for the next battle for Conrad. Looking forward to the next one. Which I am of to start, right now .Published 19 months ago by Isabel EAsson