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The Winter Warrior: A Novel of Medieval England

(Hereward #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  558 ratings  ·  59 reviews
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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. 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 sava
ebook, 400 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Pegasus Books (first published July 1st 2012)
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Second in the series & we’ve moved a year forward to 1067 & the aftermath of William the Bastards conquest of England.

Starts exactly where the last book left of, in the Fens of East Anglia where the majority of the story is set & the hero & his crew are swiftly reintroduced & we’re all caught up on whose who which is always good after a break in a series.

The story romps along & we find out what William The Bastard & his cronies have been upto along with Hereward, the pace is good, the historica
Dec 20, 2014 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.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
W.H. Cann
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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
Rebecca Cresswell
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.
P.E.R. Sprague
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Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was thoroughly impressed with book 1 of this series, so I was excited (and worried) about reading book 2. Would the writing and plot be as good? Would the shine of the characters and story wear off? Would I get bored with more of the same? Yes (the writing is excellent and the plot possibly even better!), no (the characters grow even larger and closer to life and the story shines just as brightly), and no (I wasn't bored and it wasn't more of the same). James Wilde is firmly cementing himself ...more
Marc Sean
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No spoilers. I'm not like that.

Well I went Into this head first and being a fan of the first book, I had expectations and I was not disappointed. The character development in this was exactly what I expected and liked. Each Character felt like they grew and it showed in the reading.
Hereward is a strong character with so many flaws and inner-demons that needs conquering and this story felt like he developed through out.

Very enjoyable read, the chapters are short which I love because you can get t
Bob Harris
The Norman invasion, 1066. Reading books like this, historical English novels often involves finding ancestors. In The Winter Warrior I encountered two ancestors: William de Warenne (Varennes), for whom there is documentation of him fighting with William the Conqueror, and Ivo Taillebois, nicknamed 'The Butcher,' for his ferocity in battle.
Wilde (pseudonym for Mark Chadbourn) overly romanticized his characters and dialog. Otherwise, an interesting read.
Linda Humberstone
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good follow up to 'Hereward', the first book in this series. There is a lot going on and Hereward proves how clever he is time after time. You get a good sense of what it was like at that time to live and hide in the Fens and how dangerous and frightening it could be, especially to the Normans. ...more
Amy  McElroy
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having recently read the first in the series, I couldn't wait to read the next instalment. I was a little apprehensive that it wouldn't live up to the enjoyment of the first but I could not have been more wrong. For those looking for a thrilling read with incredible scenes and fantastic characters this is a must read. I will be reading the rest of the series!

Full review on endotheroad blog
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in the series about the English warrier Hereward standing against the Concorer in 1069. The author has a good set of characters to weave the story and recreate how the resistance on Elie might have lived and stood against the Normans.
I do find some of the characters a little irritating but they all play a necessary role in creating the story.
Melissa Widmaier
I loved this novel. It was heartfelt and heart-wrenching! I have a pattern of accidentally grabbing the second book in a series. I loved this one so much, I've already ordered the first book Hereward/The Time of the Wolf. The third novel will be in my near future. ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the series continues the story of a real English hero and his fight against Norman tyranny. The book is set in a turbulent time in English history as powerful men manipulate people to further there own ends. A great adventure told in an historical setting.
Nov 12, 2016 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
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first one the story is now established and there is a lot of intrigue. The only thing i'd say is that the story gives a lot of notice before any of the twists. ...more
Scott Gardner
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic
Another good yarn about England's forgotton hero ...more
Martin Murphy
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard Times

The author depicts the period really well as a hard time, and takes you on a journey of many twists and turns throughout. Well worth the money and time spent reading
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another very enjoyable historical adventure. Well written and with a storyline that keeps you interested all the way through. Part 3 here we come!
Alan Conner
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hereward 2

Another great story, looking forward to the next instalment The End of Days and whether Harald Redteeth gets his wish to fight Hereward.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was an odd girl. I didn't like rom-com but I loved Robert E. Howard. I never went so far as to fashion a leather bikini for myself, but I did like his adrenalin-driven stories of daring robberies and fights to the death against impossible odds. The vigour of his prose, the broad sweep of his imagination. Give me Conan rather than Mr Darcy any day (although the true love of my life is Fritz Leiber's The Gray Mouser).
All that comes by way of preamble, because when I picked this up, I was strongl
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 rul ...more
Robin Carter
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 rea
Jun 17, 2016 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, ther ...more
Lisa Redmond
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 viewpoin ...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
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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 legenda ...more

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