The Traitors' Pit: (Wulfgar 2) Paperback – 21 Nov 2013
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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) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Wulgfar’s elder brother Wystan, and two other thegns of Wessex, has been arrested and are awaiting trial for treason and for attempting to murder Edward on behalf of his cousin Athelwald. The plot failed and the alleged culprits are to be condemned to die as traitors. The young deacon will do his utmost to defend his brother, save his life and clear his name while, in the north, trouble brews and an invading army gathers.
Once again, the author has come up with a rather superb story, with some interesting characterisation of historical figures, such as the ruthless and unscrupulous Athelwald (in sharp contrast with Bernard Cornwell’s version, for instance), the brave Lady of Mercia and the old, sympathetic but too trustful warlord Knut, King of York who is only known through the coins that he minted. We do not know how Knut met his end so that the version presented in this book is of course fiction. However, we do know that Athelwald replaced him and reigned for about three years so that the author’s violent and bloody version of “regime change” is at least plausible.Read more ›
Charles Gordon Clark, Bromyard, Herefordshire
Like the first novel of this series (to which I hope more volumes will be added) The Traitors' Pit is a tightly woven story, full of suspense, action, and political plotting. I particularly enjoy the great sense for the period and the locations the author manages to convey in this story. As I already stated in my review for The Bone Thief the author also achieves to present in the characters truly credible and rounded personalities that the reader can believe actually lived in these long ago times. Unlike in so many other historical novel here you won't find modern reactions to what were then simply (though from our perspective regrettable) facts of life. There were a few occasions when I got a little bit irritated with the novel's hero for being a little too naive and credulous for my taste. But heroes do come in all shapes and forms and it is quite refreshing to discover on who is not the usual type. Altogether, I did thoroughly enjoy this book.
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