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  • By Lisa Yarde
    Jul 12, 2011
    Cadwalador of the Aeudi tribe sets out from northern Gaul with his beleaguered people, fleeing from certain annihilation by other tribes. Life takes him on an unexpected adventure. He makes fateful choices that determine his destiny and ensure the fate of his people. Cadwalador is a young man in the service of a Gallic chieftain, who is heir to the leader of the Aeudi. The tribe is under siege and flees their shores, intent on conquering the land of Erain (Ireland), with stops along the way on the island of tin (the future Britain). Cadwalador’s chieftain inspires others to flow his banner, with two fatal weaknesses: his love of strong drink and his ruthless ambitions. He is a dangerous man, made even more so when he is drunk. He earns the enmity of one of the mercenaries in his service, Cavarillos, after an ill-advised attack on a village sees scores of Aeudi die needlessly. Cadwalador counted Cavarillos among his friends, but the two have a bitter parting when the young man chooses... More > his chieftain’s life over helping his friend. It is a decision that will shape Cadwalador’s life. He pays a heavy price for his loyalty and, in the end, loses more than he expected. He also helps forge a powerful legend across the land, but with ruthless enemies closing in on all sides, it’s not always certain that legend will be enough to win the day. Several elements stood out in this story. Despite the foreign and often un-pronounceable Celtic names, there were familiar themes. There is the flush of first victory and first love, as well as bitter treachery and defeat, enough to entertain historical fans who like gritty action. The scenes are visceral. There’s blood and guts everywhere. The action never stops, even in what should be quiet family moments for Cadwalador. Of all the things I admired about Mr. England’s style, it was the way in which he creates sympathy for his characters, especially those who at the outset don’t seem to deserve it. Even his villains have justifiable reasons for their murderous nature. The Sword of Neamha is a fascinating read for anyone who like historical fiction set in the Celtic or early Britannic period, or those who enjoy epic battle scenes and action that propels the characters through upheaval and triumph.< Less
  • By Mary E Fuller
    Jan 25, 2011
    This is a slim book with an attractive cover. The author has researched an era that most people know nothing about. It is well written, reads smoothly, and held my interest, and had me researching via computer. The author is young and we will hear more from him. I recommend it and if he has a book signing in your area, go hear him!
  • By uclalumnus
    Feb 23, 2010
    Great first effort! A superb representation of ancient Europe with a lot of period detail that makes the book truly immersive! This book moves along nicely and puts you right into the action immediately, with the story broken up into manageable chapters. The book's main characters are flushed out well enough to give them depth and for the reader to develop an interest in their fates. Most refreshing is that there are some interesting plot twists and the writer does an excellent job of foreshadowing events that develop later in the novel. The writer also doesn't spend unnecessary time, as many history based fiction books do, on describing the era to minutiae. If you are a fan of history-based fiction, this is definitely a book to not pass up.
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Product Details

ISBN
9780557163946
Published
October 4, 2011
Language
English
Pages
235
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.9 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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