Review: The Long Ships – Franz G. Bengtsson

Guess who's coming to dinner?

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: Swords of Good Men

The real thing.

Friday book news

...is back! And, on a Saturday! Imperial Fire, Robert Lyndon's follow-up to Hawk Quest, has now been released. You can order it here: Amazon The Book Depository Or, if you fancy a signed first edition copy and don't mind paying full-whack and possibly postage the same cost as the book (depending on where you live …

Review: The Pagan Lord

When Bernard Cornwell is on form, he can be at least as good, if not a whole lot better, than most everyone else. When he's ticking over, he's also a whole lot better than a whole lot of other writers in the Historical Fiction field.

Review: Hereward: End Of Days

Hereward: End Of Days by James Wilde My rating: 5 of 5 stars Don't you just love it when things come together? I go on holiday to the UK and pick up Hereward The End of Days. Amongst other places, we visit friends who live in Ely. On my birthday, the 7th of August, unfortunately …

Review: Hawk Quest

Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is without doubt a big, glorious, involving book. One you can get totally lost in. It's a rich, twisting, and thoroughly absorbing tale. One that travels through Spain, France, England, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Finland (I think), what is now Russia and all the …

Review: Hereward

Hereward by James Wilde My rating: 4 of 5 stars Superb. Nothing less. Hereward gripped me and held me at sword-point from page one. (That was my attempt at writing something they might want to use on a future Hereward book jacket). I can't remember being so impressed by a historical novel for a long, …

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 …