7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A slow starter but worth persevering with,
This review is from: The Last Conquest (Hardcover)
Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of historical fiction and have read all of the books by the main players like Cornwell, Scarrow, Riches and Kane. That said I always try and be supportive of new writers and it was therefore with much excitement and anticipation that I bought a copy of this book.
I find myself totally in agreement with the last reviewer in as much as there was so much character description and back story for so many characters, many of whom were minor in my opinion, that the story became bogged down and took an age to get going. Several times I nearly quit reading it, but decided to persevere and in the end I was glad because about 80% of the way through we finally get to the battle. This is extremely well written and I found it easy to visualise the scene, such was the level of detail and intensity of the writing; I only wish that it hadn't taken so long to arrive at.
The book as a whole is extremely well written, just too heavy going for my liking and bogged down in unnecessary detail. It should be remembered though that this is a debut novel, although the author has written several non-fiction books and is consequently still honing his craft.I don't know if he plans on following this book up with another about the aftermath of Hastings, but if so I shall certainly be looking out for it.