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Posted July 9, 2011
From across the pond
I am a Yankie from across the pond and although I loved and read every Arthurian story I could get my hands on, I knew very little about English history (other than what was required reading in school - waves to Shakespeare and Chaucer). I love good non-fiction and historical fiction, so although I was afraid this would be dull as dirt, I am very happy to report - WHAT A GOOD READ! If you are a fan of good historical fiction, you'll love this story.
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Posted August 14, 2012
Right off, I was impressed with the extensive research done in p
Right off, I was impressed with the extensive research done in preparing for this writing in order to remain true to the time period. The story takes you on a journey of the tumultuous travels of a great sword. While this story does indeed feature several great swords, it is the story within, of a boy growing into a man, which grips your heart. The characters of the villa and their allies are well developed and endearing. Descriptions of the countryside, towns, people and battles are detailed enough to transport the reader into battle, and inspire sympathy for the boys, without being overly gruesome. While at times the storyline was slow, Denning succeeds in attaching the reader’s curiosity to the character’s quest and fates in order to carry you through these slow spots.
I would recommend this book to those interested in the dark ages, important battles in history, and war stories in general. The ending makes clear that this is not intended to be a stand-alone volume and as such those looking for a new series to read will be satisfied as well. Full disclosure: I have been provided a copy of the book for the purpose of providing a review; however the opinions presented are my own and not influence or dictated by publisher or author.
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Posted May 22, 2014
Cerdic was my idea of a warrior. He wasn't made perfect and droo
Cerdic was my idea of a warrior. He wasn't made perfect and drool worthy, he was just a boy with dreams of becoming a warrior, as most boys his age, not realizing the horrors of war.
Unfortunately for him, his dream comes true all too soon and not only does he have to fight, but he has to step into the leadership role very quickly. What is a boy/young man to do?!
He made mistakes, lots of them. Some got people killed, others you just shook your head at, but the point is, it's a normal progression of living and learning. This story does a great job of showing his progress without over-stressing the faults. They happened, it sucks, but it moved on, just like life. And the great thing about the ending of the book?! he still wasn't perfect. He did the best he could, which ended up being better than most. He grew into his leadership role and became the man his people needed him to be.
I also think this book did a great job of keeping things real. The Saxons were fighting for their people, land and way of life, but Cerdic also understood the Welsh believed they were fighting for the same reason. Who's right?
The secondary characters were great. I loved Cerdics friends and their banter. The Kings, Lords and even the Welsh were fleshed out to perfection making them vital to the story.
I can't wait to continue this story.
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