I think my first notion was that this was the cry of some animal, trapped close by, or seized by another. But on the instant it came again, and I knew it then for the cry, desperate, terrorised, of a man in deadly fear and peril. I had sprung to my elbow at the first sound: at the second I looked sharply through the opening of the chains into the ground floor beneath me. The man of the map had gone; there, plainly outlined in the bracken, was the place where he had slept, but he and his bottle and his knapsack had vanished. And at that I jumped for the gap in the outer wall and looked out on a morning thick with milk-white mist. A great sea fog had rolled up from the coast and enveloped the plain and the hills, and from where I stood all the land was wrapped in its curling vapours. At first I saw nothing; then, a stifled cry coming again...
Over 340 Goodreads 5-Star Reviews! Action-packed adventure perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell.
1314 AD. A druid priestess enlists the help of an ex-Hospitaller warrior and a charismatic outlaw to fight Austrian tyranny in medieval Switzerland. ALTDORF tells the events leading up to one of the greatest underdog stories of the medieval age, the Battle of Morgarten.
"Re-imagining the William Tell legend -- without William Tell."
At the end of the 13th century, five hundred orphans and second sons are rounded up from villages in the Alpine countryside and sold to the Hospitaller Knights of St John. Trained to serve as Soldiers of Christ, they fight in eastern lands they know nothing about, for a cause they do not understand.
Thomas Schwyzer, released from his vows by the Grandmaster of the Hospitallers, returns to the land of his birth a stranger. Once a leader of men, and captain of the Order's most famous war galley, he now settles into the simple life of a ferryman. He believes this new role to be God's reward for years of faithful service fighting the Infidel in Outremer.
Seraina, considered a witch by most, a healer by some, is a young woman with a purpose. A Priestess of the Old Religion, and the last Druid disciple of the Helvetii Celts, she has been gifted by the Great Weave to see what others cannot. Her people need her guidance and protection now more than ever. For Duke Leopold of Habsburg, in his efforts to control the St. Gotthard Pass, builds a great Austrian fortress in Altdorf. Once finished, the Habsburg occupation will be complete, but the atrocities visited upon her people will have just begun.
Set in medieval Switzerland, ALTDORF is the first book in a two-book series.
Two women, three hundred years apart, must face the devastation of all they hold dear...
Suspecting her husband is having an affair, Sarah Rodrigues fights to appear unbroken while attempting to salvage her family. Though distracted by her own troubles, Sarah is summoned to an elderly friend's deathbed for an unusual request -- find a long-lost daughter and relay a centuries-old family story.
Determined not to fail her friend, Sarah pieces together the story of her neighbor's ancestor, Elizabeth Baker, a young colonist forced into an unwanted betrothal but drawn to a man forbidden by society.
While Sarah's family teeters on the edge of collapse, her world is further shaken by the interest of a caring doctor and a terrible accident that threatens a life more precious than her own.
Inspired by the unconditional love she uncovers in Elizabeth's story, Sarah strives to forgive those who've wounded her soul. But when light shines on the dark secrets of her neighbor's past and the full extent of her husband's sins, will looking to a power greater than herself rekindle lost hope?
C.R.MAY IS RAPIDLY DEVELOPING INTO ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT HISTORICAL FICTION NOVELISTS WRITING TODAY - SPEESH READS.
The year 1066 is arguably the most famous in English history. Assailed on all sides, King Harold and his doughty army finally fall to a last gasp Norman assault.
It is perhaps the very first of those fights against the odds which have entered the national psyche, of which Agincourt, Rorke's Drift and Dunkirk are but a few.
But what if Harold Godwinson had prevailed on that blood soaked ridge? Or the invasions of Harald of Norway and William of Normandy had never taken place at all?
Here, bestselling author C.R.May presents twelve short stories, each outlining widely differing ways which could easily -- and in some cases should have -- produced an entirely different timeline, alternative futures which would have had a dramatic effect on the world in which we live today.
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SWORD OF WODEN
Entertaining and building into a really good trilogy. If you like Bernard Cornwell or Simon Scarrow you will love this.
A fast paced, well written story full of blood and death.
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CONQUEROR OF ROME
I enjoyed this far more than most of the commercially published fiction I have read and reviewed in the past two years.
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Splendidly impressive, confident, and rich in incident and historical detail.
He promised his name and his protection - but he never promised his love.
Matthew Chandler built his fortune catering to the debauched antics of the ton. But one turn of the cards threatens everything he's worked hard to achieve. Suspecting foul play at the gaming table, Matthew needs time and money if he has any hope of uncovering the plot to ruin him.
When Priscilla Smythe finds herself in a compromising situation in the Holbrooks' garden, there appears to be only one option to save her reputation - marry Lord Morford. Indeed, his mother's plan to force them to wed worked perfectly. But ruination seems more appealing than a life spent with a man she doesn't love. That is until Matthew Chandler appears with an offer any respectable lady would refuse.
The game begins.
From the moment she accepted his offer, he made it clear their marriage was naught but an opportunity to beat their opponents. Theirs was to be a marriage of convenience. But he underestimated the lady's hand.
• Regency historical romance novel.
• This novel contains descriptive sex scenes.
• Can be read as a stand alone.
In this first book of a new historical mystery series, a young art historian faces a tough choice in German-occupied Norway.
"Artful prose and at a pace that makes for a can't-put-down, first-class literary voyage."-Melissa Dalton-Bradford, bestselling author of Global Mom
Oslo, 1944. Soli Hansen's passion for art history is and always has been a way of life for her. While she spends her days working in an art shop, WWII is taking its toll on everyone. Apprehensive of the consequences, Soli avoids becoming entangled in the war resistance efforts. She closes her eyes in hopes the enemy will retreat and leave her beautiful country for good.
But when a woman is found dead in the alley alongside the art shop and a painting from the last auction goes missing, Soli is thrown into the thickest of the fray involving both Nazi art theft and the Norwegian resistance.
Once Soli finds her courage, there's no turning back. Her personal life is turned upside-down with danger, lies, spying, and an incredible discovery.
In this dual timeline novel, Heidi Eljarbo paints a vivid picture of what people are willing to do in desperate times. With unforgettable characters and rich historical details, Of Darkness and Light will keep the reader mesmerized until the last satisfying page.
Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Lucinda Riley, Katherine Neville, and Kate Mosse.
Praise for Of Darkness and Light
"Interspersing love, hope, and courage, the participants are drawn together in mysterious paths."-Pauline Isaksen, bestselling author of Dying for Justice
"Of Darkness and Light will reel you in and keep you hooked until the end."-Mette Barfelt, bestselling author of The Solvik Series
If you enjoy thrilling historical novels with a time-travel twist, and you're fascinated by the drama of the Underground Railroad, you'll love IT HAPPENED ON FIFTH STREET: a tale of forgotten heroes.
1837. America. Alf. A hidden letter. Family secrets he's determined to uncover.
2015. New Zealand. Abi. A forgotten tin trunk, a mystery, and a magical old coin.
Alf and Abi, thrown together across the centuries, pool their knowledge. It takes ages, but at last - a breakthrough. They crack the code and Alf demands to be included. He's sworn to silence, for lives and livelihoods are in grave danger.
And then, things go bad. Very bad.
Cincinnati in the 1830s and 40s was a violent place - enemies, riots, persecution of blacks and abolitionists - in this dramatic story you've got it all!
It Happened on Fifth Street is the first in the Freedom Series. Based on new research and a vivid mix of fact and fiction, it brings back to life a forgotten story about real people and real events. Meet folks who put their lives on the line, day after day, night after night. Come with Alf and Abi on a journey you'll never forget.
If you like tales of feisty characters who refuse to be told 'no', you'll love this tension-filled story by Robyn R. Pearce. Right now, you too can discover the secret!
Pirates, puzzles, and plunder combine as Blackbeard becomes the scourge of the seas in this story like "Pirates of the Caribbean meets Indiana Jones!" - James (Amazon.co.uk)
What would you do for your Freedom?
Would you steal?
For Edward Thatch, there's no questioning the depths he will go for his Freedom.
"Kept me turning page after page to see what was going to happen."
- Teressa J Betts
Edward didn't know he had bought a former pirate ship, and when the marine captain Isaac Smith threatened to take it, and his freedom, away he takes matters into his own hands.
Edwards action sends him, and his best friend Henry Morgan, running from the law on an adventure across the historical Caribbean & Latin America. The two will have to fight not only to stay alive, but to stay free during the so-called "Golden Age" of piracy.
And as Edward learns more about the pirate who owned the ship before them, and the surprises he left behind, the more he learns about the threat it poses to his and his crews lives.
Will Edward and Henry embrace the life that's been thrust upon them?
Will they crash against the rocks of their misfortune?
See how the pirate Blackbeard came to be the scourge of the Caribbean Sea and beyond, and follow him on his fantasy adventures full of pirates, privateers, and everything in between in The Voyages of Queen Anne's Revenge!
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A military and economic line has been drawn across the neck of Britannia by the emperor Hadrian and behind it plough-teams of the wealthy take their agricultural riches from the island. Peace has brought prosperity and patrons with their clients settle down to meals of fine foods served in sumptuous rural villas: the economy thriving on its slave power.
Yet who were the slaves in this incessant desire for status and greed? Julianus Falerius Silvanus, a veteran soldier, thought he had qualified to take his place at such a table but lacking the social skills to survive found himself being cheated out of his land by the elite that he could have died for. There were to be few appeals against corruption this far from Rome and it often drove men to take up the sword in anger. In this case Attius his son is left to complete the revenge.
"The Beauty Doctor is a compelling historical novel steeped in mystery with strong elements of a medical thriller."--READERS' FAVORITE Book Reviews, 5-stars
"An interesting plot and insight into the practice of medicine in the early twentieth century... It kept me reading and did not disappoint."--HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY Book Reviews
Finalist, 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award, 2017 AZ Literary Awards, and a Medallion Honoree of the Book Readers Appreciation Group
In the spring of 1907, Abigail Platford finds herself unexpectedly adrift in New York City. Penniless and full of self-doubt, she has abandoned her dream of someday attending medical school and becoming a doctor like her late father. Instead, she takes a minor position in the office of Dr. Franklin Rome, hoping at least to maintain contact with the world of medicine that fascinates her. She soon learns that the handsome and sophisticated Dr. Rome is one of a rare new breed of so-called beauty doctors who chisel noses, pin back ears, trim eyelids and inject wrinkles with paraffin. At first skeptical, she begins to open her mind, and then her heart, to Dr. Rome. But his proposed business partnership to build an Institute of Transformative Surgery with financial backing from an eccentric inventor and collector of human oddities raises troubling questions. Soon Abigail is ensnared in a web of treachery that challenges her most cherished beliefs about a doctor's sacred duty and threatens to destroy all she loves. A suspenseful work of historical fiction grounded in the social and moral issues of the Edwardian era in America.
Two warnings to return home, drive Artorius Civilis northward. Torn between duty and family he must resolve the Legate-less 2nd Augusta before he can return to Rome. Lost in a snowstorm it leads him to a chance meeting and an unknown prophesy he must fulfil.
The purge of Sejanus' supporters continues and with only the Civilis family left to identify him, Victus Claudian must eradicate them all. An informant, an ambush, a final meeting in a snowy forest, Artorius is the first step, but in Genua, Naomi hides a growing secret.
Abandoned with only his spatha, Artorius faces a life or death scenario as wolves smell his blood. A two-legged wolf becomes his saviour, changing his life forever.
Marcus and Tia's love flourishes as they raise the family estate from slaves to a village. With the New Year, the annual plague crawls like a snake from the poisonous Tiberis exacting death on all it touches.
Out of duty and honour, Artorius' friends seek the truth of his final days. A last resort leads to a small hut where a seer and her daughter, the Wolf Queen, live, therein lay the answers and many new questions. Power and greed will lead one to betray Artorius' family, but another will offer her life in that betrayal, to win what she seeks.
Two sons, born of two families, from two worlds on a collision course, where survival is paramount. Lainth the Etruscan goddess of death picks her subjects.
The Apocalypse has come - and it has left the World in ruins...
'A smashing writer who really knows how to weave a tale... ' Booksellers' Choice
Following the terror of the Apocalypse, life in the community of Tugaim, Ireland is simple - but controlled.
Families eke out their meagre livings from the blasted earth, carefully avoiding the forbidden patches of land that still shine with eerie light...
Joanna Grady is happy in this community, and has even met Flynn, whom she loves and hopes to be matched to. They dream of Ancient Ireland, a land of magic, royalty and terrible foes.
But bloodlines are carefully examined, and matches between families are only made to promote healthy breeding - preventing Mutant spawn.
Suddenly, Joanna's father breaks the news that she has been matched to Muldooney, a pig farmer. She is devastated, but can't fight what is happening.
She cannot bear it.
She flees - into the forbidden place, the Glowing Lands. But little does she know that the Forbidden Lands contain a rip in the Time Curtain, a portal to the past - to Ancient Ireland.
Now Joanna finds herself swept up in the life and myth of Cormac mac Airt, the Wolfking, as he fights to regain his throne and justice to ancient Tara.
Will Flynn pursue her through the Time Curtain?
Can they fight to restore right to Tara?
Wolfking is an epic fantasy adventure and the first of a gripping quartet of novels that invoke Celtic tones of Ancient Ireland. Join with Joanna as she learns of her ancient heritage to fight against evil and tyranny and bring balance and honor back to Ancient Ireland. It was originally published under the pen name Bridget Wood.
Praise for Sarah Rayne's works:
'Totally hypnotic... Grabs you from the start and builds to a gripping end... ' The Bookseller
'Rayne writes with impressive authority, moving seamlessly through multiple perspectives, her expertly balanced prose creating sustained suspense... ' Kirkus
'A smashing writer who really knows how to ...
Why in folly's name had he ever married her? They had been young enough, he eighteen, she seventeen. They had been idiots enough, he vain beyond all vanity, she adoring beyond all conceivable adoration; she had been pretty, innocent and wealthy.
Though James's work as a medievalist is still highly regarded, he is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. James redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings.
San Francisco Book Review: "Jeff Lee writes with an excellent sense for tension and humanity... 1955 comes to life in this novel in a profound way... 'The Innocents' is a highly readable, tension-filled novel that will hold readers through to the very end."
Karl Myers is a World War II Veteran who, having lost his family prior to the War, has settled into his job in 1955 as a police chief in a small Pennsylvania town. His duties dramatically change when a young boy is brutally murdered. The victim's sister and his best friend are the only witnesses, but what the sister has witnessed has left her catatonic, and the friend provides little in the way of helpful information. While pursuing one dead end after another, Myers finds himself in the sights of the friend's mother. The mother is a bright, sensitive and beautiful woman married to an ex-Marine who runs her life as though she were a buck private. The murder and the mother's search for an escape from her marriage are resolved, but in a way Myers never expects. "The Innocents" explores a seldom acknowledged dark side of the "Greatest Generation" by providing a story about the desperate life of an American homemaker and her battered and abused son.
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