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Xaghra's Revenge

4.77  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  10 reviews
When Reece and Zita become lovers, past and present collide as the spirits of their ancestors force them to relive one of the greatest battles of the 16th century.

Xaghra’s Revenge follows the fate of a sixteenth century abducted family, and of two contemporary lovers thrown together by the ancients. Reece and Zita are unaware that one descends from the pirates, the other
Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published July 23rd 2017 by Solstice Publishing - Solstice Shadows Imprint
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Elizabeth Horton-Newton
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It takes a high degree of skill to write a book that takes an event in history and blends it with a compelling fiction. Geoff Nelder accomplishes this in his historical fiction, Xaghra’s Revenge. To add to the captivating plot, Nelder has injected an unlikely romance between two delightful characters and a tragic love from the past; a love that might dramatically change the face of present day Europe.

Laying the groundwork for the meat of the story, Nelder introduces Stjepan and Lidia, a married
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two staccato noises punctured the silence. Shots?

Xaghra's Revenge proves Nelder can shift from Scifi (ARIA Trilogy) to historical fiction and shows a highly developed command of the craft. Throughout the story, switching from circa 1550 to present day, Nelder propels us through time, teaching a bit of history enhanced with spirits from the past that influence future events. The phrase quoted in this review title is one example of his creative and efficient use of image words to paint a scene. Se
C.A. Sanders
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review*

I was excited to read Xaghra's Revenge because I loved Nelder's previous novel ARIA: Left Luggage, and I wasn't disappointed. Nelder manages to weave three separate plots, two in the modern age and one in the 16th century, into a book that i absolutely loved. It isn't completely seamless--there are parts where one or the other storyline outshines the other two (for example, I found the historical plot to be superior until about 50
F.G. Laval
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A historical fantasy based on the true story of the abduction of a whole population of 5000 of people from the Mediterranean island of Gozo in 1551, to be sold into slavery. It is a powerful basis for a revenge story, and the author, Geoff Nelder, certainly delivers on this promise. Elegant and evocative descriptive writing with a cast of believable characters, this story takes the reader from the desperation and squalor of the pirate ships to modern day New York and the angry spirits of Xaghra, ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating read. Does what a good SFF story should do: entertains and teaches all at the same time. There are two parallel story threads, one in present day and the other in the 1550s. The action is focussed on a true historical event, the mass abduction of all 5000 inhabitants of the Maltese island of Gozo. I knew nothing about the history and was hooked from the start by the rich detail and description of the region, and by the present day story that unfolds alongside. Highly recommended.
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was delighted to receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

Intrigued by the description of the book, I was really looking forward to reading it and have got to say right off that I wasn't disappointed.

Reece, the rather unlikely present-day hero, often comes across as a bumbling fool. How then does he inspire such passion in the beautiful and confident Zeta? Perhaps the circumstance of their initial meeting holds a clue as from the first it's clear that there are stange forces
Jean Gill
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Blockbusting Timeslip Thriller!

Geoff Nelder brings to life the 16th century abduction of an entire people with a love and knowledge of Gozo that swept me away. I felt the author’s sense of outrage and although I enjoyed the epic sweep of the blockbusting story, what will stay with me are the ghosts who still inhabit the landscape today. I feel I know every blood-stained stone on this little island, although I’ve never been there.
From the grey-orange grit of the desert to the horse who loves the
Jim Sullivan
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Must confess, I hadn’t heard of the historical events which run through this book, but it didn’t matter – they were vividly brought to life by Geoff Nelder’s accomplished storytelling.

The plot flits between present and past, with a real sense that the past remains with us – in human lineages, in places (very strongly evoked places) and in distant events which have consequences for the modern day. I’m not sure quite how I’d characterise the book – Sci Fi? Supernatural? Thriller? It fits all three
Lucy Andrews
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The descriptions of locations including France and Gozo are detailed and authentic, and stayed with me long after I had finished reading the book. The characters are well drawn and the story compelling. I was kept guessing through the twists and turns in the story until the very end. Geoff Nelder manages to bring the history of Gozo vividly to life. The book is well written and entertaining and kept me turning the pages. Altogether a very good read that I would re ...more
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A page-turner! I enjoyed reading it, and I recommend it.
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Geoff Nelder has a wife, two grown-up kids, an increasing number of grandkids, and lives in rural England within an easy cycle ride of the Welsh mountains. He taught Geography and Information Technology for years until writing took over his life. Geoff is a competition short-fiction judge, and a freelance editor.

Publications include several non-fiction books on climate reflecting his other persona

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