Review: Fire & Steel – C. R. May

The Dark Ages just got a whole lot brighter

The only list that matters – Best in Show 2015!

If you buy all these, you'll be as poor as me. But happy. Though that generally doesn't wash with the bank man. Trust me, I've tried it.

Review: Crowbone

Crowbone by Robert Low My rating: 2 of 5 stars ‘Crapbone.’ A complete load of cliched old cobblers. What a disappointment. What a big fat, arrogant, bloated disappointment this was. I couldn’t quite put my finger is on why has it taken me so long to start reading this one but as soon as I got about …

Review: The Sea Road

The Sea Road by Margaret Elphinstone My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Sea Road is an imaginative and beautifully written attempt to recreate the life of an Icelandic woman called Gudrun Thorbjarnadottir. If you have no idea who that is, that's ok. Not many will know who she is. She is a Norse woman, who appears …

Review: Order in Chaos

Order in Chaos by Jack Whyte My rating: 2 of 5 stars It's been a while since I read the previous one in this series, Standard of Honour. I did actually enjoy the first two, even if I do remember thinking that the jump between one and two was a bit much and Standard of …

Books brought back from UK trip

Now you know why we took the car over. We drove from Denmark to Wales, via Germany, Holland, Belgium and an overnight in Calais France. Then on to the north of England, the south and back, via an overnight in Dunkerque. Book-buying wasn't the only reason of course, but it did make it a lot …

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Review: King’s Man

Viking. King's Man by Tim Severin My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is in essence, a different look at the Viking 'swords and shields' books that I like reading so much (Robert Low, Giles Kristian, etc). If you're simply after swords and shields and bucket-loads of bloody raping and pillaging, this isn't for you. This is …

Raven: Sons of Thunder – Giles Kristian

This is number two in the Raven series. There are three out (so far), Giles has moved on, but may return. As I have an aversion to hardback books (an environmentally damaging waste of paper, waste of bookshelf space, etc), I'm still waiting for the paperback version of the third, so I don't know if …

Review: The Prow Beast

The Prow Beast by Robert Low My rating: 5 of 5 stars An outstanding sequel to the other 'Oathsworn' sequels (the series is now up to number four). It's a good, gripping story, rich in detail and with plenty going on, both outwardly and inwardly. Many of the characters, especially our hero, get their personalities …