What I expected:
Actually, I was expecting a land of kings and thrones with battles for land and supremacy. With morals gone awry and maidens in distress.
What it was:
It is fact based in medieval England with the main characters travelling across the landscape of this England of olden times. The characters are realistic and yet mysterious at the same time (well three of them seem different at least). And there were Kings (and Queens) and battles.
I enjoyed this story, probably because I like stories based in this timeline and enjoy learning the intriguing little bits that one can always pick up from the real bits of information that an author puts into their tale (like caltrops – I’d never heard of these before; and a glossary of irish terms used in the book). I also liked that the book ended well, with no cliffhanger, but also knowing that there could be a further story, but if there wasn’t then I was content anyway.
I really think that if you have read “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett, you may also like this book.
I would recommend this to a friend if they were into the same sorts of books as me.
I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley.
Perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, this novel from acclaimed author Douglas Nicholas continues the gripping dark fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews describes as “a more profound Harry Potter for adults.”
It’s 1215 in northwest England—the eve of the signing of the Magna Carta—and mystical Irish queen Maeve and her unlikely band of warriors must protect the region from a chilling fate. Word of a threat reaches the Northern barons: King John has plotted to import an African sorcerer and his sinister clan of blacksmiths, whose unearthly powers may spell destruction for the entire kingdom. Along with her lover, Jack, her gifted niece, Nemain, and Nemain’s newlywed husband, Hob (whose hidden talents will soon be revealed), Maeve must overcome a supernatural threat unlike any she’s seen before.
With his characteristic blend of historical adventure and intoxicating mythological elements, Nicholas once again “goes for the throat…with brilliant writing and whip-smart plotting” (New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry). This is a richly woven tale that will leave you hungry for more.