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Hereward: The Devil's Army (Hereward #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  269 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
1067. The battle of Hastings has been lost; Harold Godwinsson is dead. The iron fist of William the Bastard has begun to squeeze the life out of England. Villages are torched and men, women and children put to the sword as the Norman king attempts to impose his cruel will upon this unruly nation.

But there is one who stands in the way of the invader's savagery. He is called
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Published July 19th 2012 by Bantam (first published July 1st 2012)
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Milo (Bane of Kings)
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“Bigger, better and more awesome than its predecessor, Wilde manages to keep the reader hooked throughout the pages with his fantastic prose. A must for all historical fiction fans.” ~The Founding Fields

After reading and enjoying the first novel in the Hereward trilogy, Hereward, (review here), I was wondering if Wilde would be able to live up to the brilliant first novel. This is partly one of the reasons why although I had a copy of The De
Jul 16, 2012 Louise rated it liked it
This is a 3.5 book for me.
Very good points - really interesting study of a period in History I KNOW a lot about but have not read fiction about. It is the second in a series about Hereward and his followers in the East of England, fighting the evil Norman invasion.
Depictions of historical characters are always great and in this book they are wonderful even if the historian in me wants to check the evidence!
I enjoyed the threads running through particularly about the Norman treatment of women.
Jan 30, 2016 Sud666 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superbly written book about the effects of the Norman Invasion of England in 1066 by William the Conqueror. Well written and historically accurate, told from the English perspective. It sheds light on the historical figure of Hereward, a Mercian warrior who fought the Norman invasion. If this is a period of history that interests you and you want a good read that is a page turner this is the one for you. Look forward to reading all the books in this series. Highly recommend it.
Becky Cresswell
Jun 17, 2016 Becky Cresswell rated it liked it
details are a bit off - William the Bastard was probably not as old as 50 in 1069, and to my knowledge although he was a big man, it was mainly muscle and not fat.

I liked this less than the first one for different reasons (hated his portrayal of Harold Godwinsson in that one), and failed to like any of the characters.
W.H. Cann
May 12, 2015 W.H. Cann rated it it was amazing
What can I say other than: An excellent sequel to Hereward book 1.

This is by far better than the first, with more intrigue and scheming. The plot thickens and the pace remains quick and enticing. The story is rich and gripping, making it a good read that is hard to put down. An excellent addition to my bookshelf, which will certainly be read again.
Nov 23, 2012 Speesh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1066
'Hereward', James Wilde's first book in the Hereward series was a stunning debut. The power and verve of the writing, the impact and strength of the hero the story revealed, gave 'Hereward' an edge and a pulsating wildness that I hadn't felt from a book in a long time. As if the story, the book, had reached up and punched me in the face!

From the very beginning, James Wilde formed Hereward into a thoroughly believable and compelling character from the forgotten mists of English history. An action
Nov 12, 2016 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another rousing tale

Invasion, betrayal, loss of home and hearth and the fight to regain it. Brutal, wrenching historical fiction. On to book 3
Jul 18, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
1067. The battle of Hastings has been lost; Harold Godwinsson is dead. The iron fist of William the Bastard has begun to squeeze the life out of England. Villages are torched and men, women and children put to the sword as the Norman king attempts to impose his cruel will upon this unruly nation.

But there is one who stands in the way of the invader’s savagery. He is called Hereward. He is a warrior and master tactician and as adept at slaughter as the imposter who sits upon the throne. And he is
Nov 04, 2012 CuteBadger rated it did not like it
In 1067, following his victory at the Battle of Hastings, the Norman king is determined to impose his rule on the English natives. One man, however, rises to lead a rebellion and based in the impenetrable Fenland gathers a motley army. Hereward is determined that the English should stand to the last man to defend their country, but finds that there is much more to being a leader than fighting. The leader of the Norman army, nicknamed The Butcher, is equally determined to overcome, and with spies ...more
S.J.A. Turney
Jul 29, 2012 S.J.A. Turney rated it it was amazing
Boy was I happy.

I’d read Hereward by James Wilde recently and, while I had a couple of issues with the book, on the whole I’d thoroughly enjoyed it. So now that the sequel (Hereward: The Devil’s Army) is out, I was intrigued to see how the story went on and whether the writer’s tack or style had changed since the first book.

I read it in four days, despite this week being a ruthlessly busy time with few free moments. In short, Devil’s Army is everything I could have hoped for in a sequel to Herew
Jan 04, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
If readers think that the first Hereward novel was blood fueled and action packed well the sequel Hereward: The Devil's Army completely tops it. There are not just more epic battles to be fought, lost or won but also the private battle within the characters comes to the fore as Hereward struggles with his new found leadership with a people who are as tempted to follow him for the right reasons as betray him for all the wrong reasons. He has to either demonstrate mercy or fear if he wishes to ...more
Robin Carter
Jul 08, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing

When i first started Hereward: Devils Army it was looking forward to what should be a great read. Book one Hereward was a fantastic book (see review )

So it was very worrying to start the book and struggle to get into it.

So I took a step back remembering that I know you have to be in the right frame of mind for every author and every book you read. Its why my TBR pile is so fluid. On reflection I think I pushed myself into this one and wasn’t ready,
Jul 04, 2016 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I messed up and read this book ahead of the first one (it is the second of three in the series), but that didn't do much to dampen my enjoyment of it. It reads a lot like Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Series (Hereward and Uhtred are similar characters) although set in a later period than Saxon. The Hereward series is set during the Norman invasion of the 11th Century. Hereward is the leader of a group of rebels fighting to keep William's Normans from taking over the whole of England. To be sure, ...more
Tragic and Determined Warrior

This is the second novel that follows the warrior Hereward. He is now in Ely surrounded by the fen country as a natural defense. Alaric the monk and Redwald, his foster brother are with him along with a growing English army. They fight the Normans. William is a brutal King who will kill every person in England if he has to, to achieve peace.

Unlike the first book, which alternated between Hereward and Redwald for POV, this one primarily stayed with Hereward and the F
Lisa Redmond
Feb 12, 2013 Lisa Redmond rated it liked it
This is an intriguing, fast paced historical adventure featuring a period which I have rarely seen depicted in fiction. The novel covers a short time period after the Norman Conquest when the legendary Hereward rallied the English troops in the Fenlands of East Anglia. William may have taken the crown but Hereward and his army are growing and they feel that victory may be within reach, however the prospect of danger and betrayal are present at every turn. The story is told from multiple ...more
Aug 17, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it
Read the preceding novel - simply titled Hereward - before you embark on this book or a lot of the nuances and motivation will be lost on you.

This is a solid worthy sequel to Wilde's wild tale of a much forgotten hero of British history, fighting to shake off the oppression of Norman conquerors.
It's not quite as incendiary or eye-openingly visceral as the first novel strikes you but that is simply down to the evolution of the plot and how events have forced the lead character to adapt & surv
Nick Brett
Feb 06, 2013 Nick Brett rated it it was ok
Tried very hard to like this but ended up being under whelmed. In the first book I learnt about Hereward someone my history lessons failed to mention, but he was an early Robin Hood type using the geography of the Fens to attack the Norman invaders following the battle of Hastings. While on the subject of Mr Hood I should mention the excellent Angus Donald “Outlaw Chronicles” because while there are historical similarities, there is a difference in delivery. Angus Donald brings real character to ...more
Rick Brindle
Feb 22, 2015 Rick Brindle rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
OK, so this is the middle book of a trilogy. Hereward is in Ely, stirring up a rebellion against William the Conqueror, facing a few problems along the way, but generally growling and slaughtering his way through any tight spots. I found the narrative and dialogue a bit ponderous. The pace was very slow, and as other reviewers have said, it was very hard to like or care about the characters. In fact, I found it a little difficult to picture each character in my mind, they all seem to melt into ...more
Pradeep Jayatunga
Jul 03, 2014 Pradeep Jayatunga rated it did not like it
A story with great potential handled in a very amateurish manner. Actually, the overall style of writing is pretty good but plots are, more often than not, unrealistic. Some of the battle scene descriptions are appallingly poor. There are many instances of beheading a standing enemy with a single stroke of the sword or axe. The hero is not even on horseback but standing at the same level as the victim whose head is lopped off so casually!
OK, one and a half stars.
Katherine Pocock
Jul 29, 2016 Katherine Pocock rated it really liked it
I wasn't too sure when I approached this book whether I would be able to make it through.

I read the first book and struggled for the first few chapters before it caught my interest. I had no such problems with the sequel. My history knowledge is a little sketchy - especially this era - which allowed me to be enthralled by the tale that Wilde wove without having to worry if all of the historical information is correct.

Another brilliant read.
Patrick Raftery
Sep 07, 2013 Patrick Raftery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: normans
how hard is it keep your people free, feed and alive? this is how hereward does it, keeping one step a head of king williams men, trusting ony his wife, his brother and his best friend and with seeds he has planted hardward must make all english united in their war against the bastard king even those who have taken the kings gold. but in the dark one will kill to get the power he once had as hardward family, friends and englands last hope of freedom are all at risk
Pat Sul
Aug 11, 2013 Pat Sul rated it it was ok
an interesting book about a part of british history i knew nothing of, not that having any knowledge of the time is crucial as first and foremost this is an action adventure novel.
on that level alone it is an ok read.
the writing is solid rather than excellent.

this book is the middle of a trilogy.
while i liked it - i didn't like it enough to track down the other books to read.
Nov 23, 2015 Philip rated it it was ok
Not bad, not particularly good, pretty staple fare really. The first volume wasn't particularly memorable and I didn't learn anything new here either.

Read if you like Saxon/Norman/Dane fiction, avoid if you don't.
Oct 20, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, yet sometime violent romp through medieval England. Wonderfully written with an intense pace that brings to life a fascinating time in English history. I will go back and read more of this series.
Mary Ann
Apr 16, 2015 Mary Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1067. The battle ofHastingshas been lost; Harold Godwinsson is dead. The iron fist of William the Bastard has begun to squeeze the life out ofEngland.
Bloody and brutal. A little hard to keep the characters straight but maybe that's because i listened to it in the car
Jun 26, 2013 Axe rated it it was amazing
This book was action packed with a great story line. Surprises both good and bad that were unexpected. would suggest reading this series, and I am looking forward to the 3rd book coming in November.
May 18, 2015 Zack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an excellent book!

Not sure where Hereward is heading in this trilogy, I hope the next books don't have him die like some of the history suggests. I listened to this as an audiobook and was very happy with the narrator as well as the story. Excellent job!
Steven Raszewski
Jun 24, 2014 Steven Raszewski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff but when the author won't put in a character and place list or maps because as he says he's no big fan, I say LAZY!
Sep 30, 2012 Ian rated it it was amazing
Even better than Hereward 1. Hereward was portrayed as a Rambo type character in the first book, but the second his character is developed to a much fuller extent, making it an excellent read.
Mary Margaret
Feb 22, 2014 Mary Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story with a lot of adventures and action. I wish I had read the other Hereward book first and this one last.
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James Wilde is a Man of Mercia. Raised in a world of books, the author studied economic history at university before travelling the world in search of adventure. Unable to forget a childhood encounter - in the pages of a comic - with the great English warrior, Hereward, Wilde returned to the haunted fenlands of Eastern England, Hereward’s ancestral home, where he became convinced that this ...more
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