Top positive review
Good addition to an interesting series
on 1 June 2016
This is the second book in Peter Darman's series about the Baltic Crusades. It continues the story of Conrad Wolff, now a Sword Brother in Livonia, and tells his story, interwoven with the events going on around him. The unusual setting adds much to this series for readers of historical fiction; the peoples and places will be unfamiliar to most - and can be a bit overwhelming at times - but it is definitely worth persevering, as the story is engrossing and well told. By all accounts the Sword Brothers were less sympathetic characters than most of those portrayed here, but the main personalities are well drawn, and developing well as the series progresses. The very abundance of tribes allows for lots of twists and turns, and changes in allegiance, which keeps you guessing throughout.
Only gripes I have are that there are still far too many typos, and the author is very keen on listing what people are wearing, and what an army packs into its carts when going off on campaign! Once is fine - it gives you a real sense of how self-reliant they had to be - but after that it just seems unnecessary.
Overall though, this is very readable, and the series is developing well.