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When The Lion Feeds
An outstanding first novel from Wilbur Smith.

This one has it all: romance, adventure, war, intrigue, horror, danger, family saga and betrayal. It brin...more
Nov 22, 2010
Nov 21, 2010
Odinn's Child (Viking, #1)
I always love a good historical novel so I couldn't miss this one. Tim Severin tackles Viking history with an extremely well-researched account of the...more
Sep 2007
Dec 05, 2008
The Burning Land (The Saxon Stories, #5)
A great entry in the Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. This is the fifth book and a return to the quality of the initial three after the slightly sub...more
Oct 10, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
Under the Eagle (Eagle, #1)
This is a compelling first novel in what has turned into a long-running series. Scarrow's aim is to deliver Sharpe-style military thrills and spills i...more
Jun 2010
Jun 10, 2010
An outstanding historical saga and my first exposure to James Clavell. On the strength of this, I'll be sure to read the rest of his work.

TAI-PAN is e...more
May 24, 2011
May 12, 2011
Caligula (Rufus, #1)
A gruesome but engaging story detailing life in ancient Rome under the rule of the mad Emperor.

The main character in the story is Rufus, a slave singl...more
Jul 05, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
The Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories, #3)
In LORDS OF THE NORTH, the third in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories concerning the lives of Uhtred and Alfred the Great in the late 9th century, the...more
Feb 11, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
The Time of Singing (William Marshal # 4)
THE TIME OF SINGNG is my third Chadwick read, after THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER and THE WILD HUNT. I absolutely adored those two books and I was really...more
Sep 16, 2010
Jul 27, 2010
Sharpe's Fury (Sharpe, #11)
Another decent Sharpe offering. One has to realise that all these books are written to a similar formula – Sharpe’s involved in treachery and corrupti...more
Aug 2008
Jan 16, 2011
The Viking's Captive Princess
A compelling and efficient historical romance. Kudos to Michelle Styles for picking a time period and location not normally covered by the genre.

I par...more
May 19, 2010
Apr 28, 2010
The Winter Ghosts
An exquisite ghost story, well told, highly emotive, short and to the point. This one has a beautiful backdrop to it in southern France, a land of sno...more
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 28, 2010
Newes from the Dead
A top-dollar children's historical packed with information about the 16th century but never seeming overly educational or preachy. Mary Hooper has tak...more
Jun 2009
Jun 08, 2009
Sharpe's Devil (Sharpe, #21)
If SHARPE'S WATERLOO was the rip-roaring climax to Bernard Cornwell's series of Napoleonic War novels, then SHARPE'S DEVIL is the action-packed epilog...more
Oct 21, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
Fingerprints of the Gods: A Quest for the Beginning and the End
Something of a book which changes your whole outlook on the world. Hancock posits the theory that an ancient super-civilisation once inhabited the Ear...more
Dec 20, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
The Book Thief
A wonderful, deeply affecting story that's marketed as a kid's book but is really for adult readers. It gives a perspective on WWII straight from Nazi...more
Mar 2009
Feb 21, 2009
The King's Adventurer: Captain John Smith and Pocahontas
I've just discovered, purely by chance, that Goodreads have erased a couple of my old reviews from the site. Luckily, I had a backup of this one:

Mar 10, 2007
Jan 20, 2014
Mistress of Mellyn
NOTE: I've just discovered, purely by chance, that Goodreads have deleted a couple of my old reviews from the site. Luckily, I had a backup of this on...more
May 10, 2007
Jan 20, 2014
Warlord  (The Outlaw Chronicles, #4)
The fourth in Angus Donald's Outlaw series and my least favourite so far. The problem with WARLORD is that it feels like the author was really struggl...more
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 02, 2014
Wolf Of The Plains
WOLF OF THE PLAINS, the first in Conn Iggulden's series of historical novels detailing the lives of Genghis Khan and his successors, is truly a tremen...more
Mar 25, 2010
Mar 17, 2010
Outlaw (The Outlaw Chronicles, #1)
I'm a big fan of Bernard Cornwell (to say the least) and knowing that the author of this was inspired by Bernard to write his own historical fiction.....more
Dec 2009
Nov 29, 2009
The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology
An excellent compendium of Anglo-Saxon literature in all its forms. The age of the material means that much of it is short and/or fragmentary, but thi...more
Apr 13, 2010
Apr 11, 2010
Her Irish Warrior
Michelle Willingham’s debut novel for Harlequin Historicals is a passionate tale of divided loyalties and a fierce battle for daily existence. The nov...more
Jul 2007
Dec 05, 2008
The Sunbird
I've been reading Wilbur Smith's novels in chronological order, and I've now reached the mid 1970s. THE SUNBIRD marks the author's first attempt to do...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Sharpe's Tiger (Sharpe, #1)
The first book in the Sharpe series, although not the first written; this is the earliest story chronologically, which sees Sharpe rising from the ran...more
Jan 2005
Jan 16, 2011
Year of Wonders
A friend of mine lent me this book accompanied by her hearty recommendation. I confess it sat, unread on my desk, for a number of months while I caugh...more
Nov 2009
Jun 25, 2009
Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford History of England)
Although fifty years old now, this book hasn't dated at all. It's a general reader intended to cover the Anglo-Saxon period from the first invasions o...more
Feb 2010
Dec 24, 2009
Coram Boy
An excellent young adult novel, set in the 18th century, in which a complex storyline delivers everything you could expect from a novel, whether it’s...more
Apr 2009
Apr 12, 2009
The Leper of Saint Giles
My first exposure to the Brother Cadfael series and what an experience! These days, the popularity of authors like P. C. Doherty and Michael Jecks mea...more
Apr 24, 2008
Dec 20, 2008
His Cinderella Bride
Annie Burrows’ debut historical novel for Harlequin Mills & Boon is a lusty and enthralling tale of love and life in Regency England. The hero of...more
Aug 2007
Dec 05, 2008
Copperhead (The Starbuck Chronicles, #2)
Unfortunately Cornwell’s trademark excitement – as best expounded in his Sharpe series of books – is somewhat lacking in his four-volume chronicle of...more
Jan 2006
May 26, 2009
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