5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The incessant pace of the plot that means you cannot put the book down,
This review is from: The Splintered Kingdom (The Conquest) (Hardcover)
This for me was a highly anticipated second book. Book 1 Sworn Sword was a real eye opener of a book, something a little different, a different perspective on a bloody time in English history. (i love a good few battles with plenty of fighting).
Splintered Kingdom doesn't disappoint in that respect, and how could it! A time of what we would now call genocidal attacks and death/ murder and mayhem on a national scale. But don't be fooled into thinking there were any good guys in this scenario. Every-side had its share of killers.
Why would you want to read this?
Maybe the excellent prose!
Or the first rate characterisation!
The incessant pace of the plot that means you cannot put the book down!
Or just because it is out and out a fantastic book, something that even with the amazingly high quality of this years novels, goes straight into my top 10 of 2012.
This falls firmly into my desire for each book from an author to be better than the last, and if this book was this impressive i wait with bated breath for James Aitcheson's next novel.
Thank you Sir for such an impressive book
The story begins on the Welsh Marches, where Tancred has been given land by his new lord, Robert Malet, in return for his services in the battle for York. Now a lord in his own right, he has knights of his own to command and a manor to call home. But all is far from peaceful. The Welsh are joining forces with the English against the Normans and when skirmishes turn into a full scale battle at Shrewsbury, Tancred is betrayed by a rival border lord and taken prisoner by the Welsh. Meanwhile the woman he loves is taken hostage by enemy English forces and the Vikings invade the east coast. Never has Tancred faced a more impossible situation