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The Beltane Choice (#1, Celtic Fervour Series)
4.40
it was amazing
Nancy Jardine is best known as a writer of contemporary romantic fiction. She has even described herself, in the past, as a writer of “light-hearted c ...more
Sep 2012
Sep 01, 2012
 
Girl Reading
3.53
it was amazing
Katie Ward's debut novel is a book of extraordinary scope and vision. Like Cloud Atlasor If on a winter's night a traveler, it consists of a number of ...more
May 2012
May 06, 2012
 
After Whorl: Bran Reborn (# 2, Celtic Fervour Series)
4.42
it was amazing
The second part of a trilogy is perhaps the most difficult to write. The author has already introduced some of the key themes in the first part (promi ...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
 
Hand of Fire
4.45
it was amazing
If Isaac Newton’s maxim about “standing on the shoulders of giants” is true of scientists, one might expect it to be all the more true of writers, and ...more
Nov 16, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
 
Pilgrimage
4.21
it was amazing
Set in 12th Century Flanders, France and Spain, this is one of those historical novels in which historical fact and fictional narrative are so success ...more
Nov 05, 2014
Nov 05, 2014
 
Bending the Boyne: A Novel of Ancient Ireland
3.66
really liked it
J.S. Dunn’s Bending the Boyne weaves together historical fiction (based, essentially, on archaeological evidence) with Irish myth to create an engagin ...more
Feb 23, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
 
After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks (#3 Celtic Fervour Series)
4.57
it was amazing
This novel, the third in its series, follows directly on from “The Beltane Choice” and After Whorl: Bran Reborn.” Each novel carries us forward in tim ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 01, 2014
 
The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
3.16
really liked it
This is a novel with multiple strands, somewhat in the mould of Doris Lessing's "The Golden Notebook" or David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas," but what hold ...more
May 10, 2014
May 14, 2014
 
Zeus of Ithome
4.56
it was amazing
Tim Taylor takes a little known chapter of ancient Greek history (the revolt of the people of the Greek territory of Messenia against the Spartans in ...more
Nov 03, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
 
Stone Lord: The Legend of King Arthur, The Era of Stonehenge
3.87
it was amazing
J.P. Reedman's debut novel, like Bernard Cornwell's "Stonehenge," takes for its principal setting the landscape around the iconic monument on Salisbur ...more
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
 
The Color Purple
4.18
it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book for the second time in my life (it was one of those books that I read as a teenager on the recommendation of a teac ...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
 
Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales
4.02
it was amazing
A remarkable collection of five short stories by the Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author. One of the stories, "The Return of Sinuhe," is an adaptation ...more
not set
May 14, 2014
 
Burial Rites
4.02
it was amazing
Stunningly good historical fiction, very evocative of time and place. How can a novel about the last public execution in Iceland be life affirming? Yo ...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
 
Omphalos
3.80
I am the author, so will leave reviewing to others!
not set
Dec 01, 2014