Vikings! Saxon Holocaust Paperback – 19 Oct 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
I notice that is book is being sold under the young adult category, and I feel that is fair. However, I believe adults will enjoy this just as they enjoy other young adult authors. It does not offend and it educates, it is gently romantic and vivid. The author's obvious passion makes it a joy to read.
The book has the added dimension of being set historically in the bleak flatlands of the Dengie Hundred on the south-east Essex coast in the early tenth century. This is the time of the Viking incursions and the famous battle of Maldon fought under the leadership of Aeldorman Byrthnoth who is still regarded in the area as a wise, fair ruler and an heroic figure. There is a statue to him gazing out to the North Sea, sword in hand, in present day Maldon.
Our hero, Edward, has to fight enemies on two fronts. On the one hand there are the Vikings. On the other there is a gang of bullies, morally bankrupt sons of rich, powerful fathers who are determined to bring him down. He cares for the princess Catherine, Kate, the beautiful and intelligent heroine, and becomes her bodyguard but she seems far above him and beyond his reach.
There is a filmic quality about the book. There are vivid verbsl pictures of guillimots fishing, seals basking, wolves howling and horses cantering through the edges of the sea. Descriptions of medical care, living conditions, weather and clothes create a visually convincing background to the story which moves along at a rip-roaring pace. The social structure of the time is well--researched.
This is a vibrant, rollicking adventure story that will inform, educate and entertain in the best traditions of the genre and is an excellent sequel to "Viking Sword, Saxon Sheild" by the same author.