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The Bleeding Land by Giles Kristian
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Jul 02, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 02 to 07, 2012

A definite 4.5 stars.
Before I started it it had lots going for it as this particular period in history is one which I know well and enjoy reading about.
This book did not disappoint, from the first I felt quickly engaged with the main characters the Rivers family and knew them well. A very brief introduction made me understand their characters and how they might react.
Then we were plunged headlong into a fast moving and exciting tale of loyalties stretched and broken of black hearted villains on all sides from the sadistic Lord of the Manor to the evil Royalist captain Boone through scar faced mercenaries to noble and heroic men and women on both sides.
The story is told by the three adult children of Sir Francis and Lady Mary Rivers - Mun, Thomas and Bess and tells of three very different experiences of a civil war.
Definitely a historical novel for those who like Cornwell and Scarrow and who have a stout heart to withstand quite graphic descriptions of battles and death.
Can't wait for the next in the series!
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