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The Traitors' Pit: (Wulfgar 2) by [Whitworth, V.M.]
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Book 2 of 2 in Wulfgar (2 Book Series)
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"Whitworth tells her story with some élan but its strength lies particularly in the characterization of the appealing Wulfgar, a civilised man forced to live in a society where violence rules the roost" (The Sunday Times)

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The second instalment of a major historical epic to rival C.J. Sansom and Rory Clements

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2306 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B9E29AK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
V M Whitworth has followed up her first Anglo-Saxon novel, The Bone Thief, with an even more original and exciting sequel. She knows a very great deal about England in the years following the death of Alfred, but never makes you feel that she is just showing off how much research she has done. (Even Lindsey Davies falls into this trap, especially when she takes Falco and Helena to distant parts of the Roman empire!) Her cities are extremely credible, especially Winchester, Leicester, and York; she makes you feel that Anglo-Saxon thought patterns and spirituality were probably as she describes them. Wulgar's dilemma is very real; is his first loyalty to his accused brother or to the Lady of Mercia? In carrying out both tasks he comes on scenes of shocking killings which are not just there to titillate, and has to navigate through a mesh of personal relationships which themselves add to the dilemma. The swift moving action culminates in a finely visualised enactment of one of the most puzzling aspects, to a modern mind, of Anglo-Saxon legal process. Enough loose ends are left for us to look forward to Wulfgar 3!
Charles Gordon Clark, Bromyard, Herefordshire
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I loved THE BONE THIEF - the novel that introduced Wulfgar, the sub-deacon and found this second novel, just as involving. I'm fascinated by the small details of the time and period around 900 AD, and deeply impressed by V M Whitworth's knowledge, however, it is Wulfgar's struggle to do what is right, and even to see what is right, that grips me most - in a world where rulers and loyalties change at great speed and most people live on the brink of chaos. I was so glad to meet again some of the vivid secondary characters that I met in the first book, Ronan, the rugged, but most honest and decent warrior/priest - Cats-Eyes, the enigmatic, and alluring woman-trader, - young Kevin and even a hint of baby Electus and the attractive, but untrustworthy Atheling. The story builds to a horrifying climax and Wulfgar needs to be brave indeed, as the dramatic cover design suggests, though the courage needed may not be quite of the kind we expect. I always love the Author's historical note and very much appreciate the character list and the glossary at the end, for I have gone some way to learning a few words of Old Norse, Old English and Gaelic by reading this book. I do look forward to more of Wulfgar's adventures.
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Traitor's Pit can proudly stand as a worthy and successful sequel to Bone Thief. We witness Wulfgar get embroiled in an emotional and legal dilema as he tries to save his brother from treasonous charges. However he is summoned away and finds himself in yet more political intrigue with lords of the north from Jorvik/York as part of his service for the Lady of Mercia. His loyalty has him sent to the danish strongholds of the north where he meets with the Atheling once more and is witness to a murderous coo for the Jorvik throne. But if you think that is the worst of Wuffa's troubes well dear reader Miss V M Whitworth has lots more in store including the appearence of the strong-willed and beautiful Cats-Eyes and everyone's favourite cleric, Ronan; as all three find themselves twoing and frowing as powers shift, fall and ally themselves with the Atheling and Wuffa's loyalty and love for his Lady and his Brother are tested to the limits of his body and heart.
Whitworth has a way with words that fills each scene, each character and indeed each chapter with such energy and depth of detail that as a reader there is no chance for boredom to set in; as the plot thickens, twists, turns, dives, surprises and shocks you as it carries you along through another impressive medieval tale of how one man finds himself nearly and always unintentionally at the heart of power struggles of the old English kingdoms. Whitworth doesn't rely on lengthly passages about the medieval landscape, architecture, smells and sounds. She gives enough to give a true flavour of where her characters lead us on their journeys but her dialogue is by far the strongest feature of the tale. Even when her characters say nothing at all as readers we still sense and feel what should have been said or why things aren't said.
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Wulfgar's second outing is even better than the first. He tries to navigate the murky world of power politics of kings and Bishops whilst retaining his own values.

This is a very well written and researched book that entertains, informs and leaves you wanting more.

Very well done and i hope the author has finished the third tale.
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A very clever story refreshingly not involving a 'hero' in the accepted sense. Brilliantly conveys the religious and political atmosphere of the time. Gunnvor is a gorgeous character! Very much looking forward to the sequel.
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Brilliantly written, and thoroughly well-informed about the period: very few historical novels are as accurate as this. The broad story-lines are developing, and leave the reader in great suspense: we eagerly await the next instalment!
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VM Whitworth's first novel in this trilogy, "The Bone Thief", introduced us to Wulfgar, a West-Saxon religious serving the Lady of Mercia and Mercia's political ends in bringing the bones of St. Oswald back to the kingdom. In "The Traitors' Pit" Wulfgar is a pawn, sometimes witting, sometimes not, in the machinations between the rulers of Wessex, the Danelaw, and Mercia. The story is very tightly plotted and has Wulfgar once more riding North, this time to York, in between two hasty trips South to Winchester in an attempt to rescue the life of his elder brother, who is accused of treason. There's a twist at the end and the political situation also remains unresolved, as does Wulfgar's unholy and ill-suppressed desire for the glamorous Gunnvor, a glacial businesswoman holding a lot of power - though perhaps she is only the equivalent of the multi-national corporations of our own day. If I have a quibble with this book, it's that not all of the loose ends from "The Bone Thief" are tied up (what happened to Orm Ormsson, for example). But it's a cracking good read, heartily recommended, well researched and well-written.
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