Thursday, 22 January 2015

Brave New World: Jorvik Viking Festival 2015 - Great events = Great anticipation!

In February 2014 - the City of York, formerly known as Jorvik in the 9th-10th century witnessed THE END OF THE WORLD! Otherwise known as Ragnarok - The-End-Of-All-Things is another name (much grander sounding almost).
Yggdrasil - before it fell, Jorvik Festival 2014 (Castle Museum)
Now, in 2015, Jorvik will watch open-mouthed as the Nordic World is REBORN! 2014 was all doom and gloom what with Loki running around being naughty and Odin having to give him a good telling off (which ultimately ended all life in the process). 2015 is all about how the Norse Gods came into existence as well as the World, Yggdrasil and the many other nordic beings, creatures & Giants too.

I have already bought my tickets and there are some superb events lined up this year - so make sure you buy yours quick! There are only 22 days and counting before the Jorvik Viking Festival 2015 kicks off on Saturday 14th!

I am pleased to say I am attending 4 authors events (3 historical fiction & 1 history), 3 Legendary Arena Fights & 2 talks on Sword Injuries & Sword Fighting. Please click on the event titles to link through to their full details and maybe buy a ticket for yourself.

Monday 16th February:

Legendary Combat Arena: Fire vs Ice

Viking Voices: The Sword of Amlet with Vincent Atherton

Tuesday 17th February:

Legendary Combat Arena: The Mighty Odin vs Ymir the Giant

Viking Yorkshire with Matt Townend

Wednesday 18th February:

Legendary Combat Arena: Great Odin!

What did the Vikings ever do for us? With author Snorri Kristjansson

Thursday 19th February:

Viking-age combat: the physical effects of weapon trauma

Hollywood & the sword: dispelling popular myths about historical combat

Friday 20th February:

10th Century Traders at St Sampsons Square

God of Vengeance with Giles Kristian

I must also add I am very impressed with the community projects Jorvik have been working with in partnership & build up to the festival, in particular the Bloodaxe Book Challenge - to get children reading, but not just any books, to read about history. As a Librarian and supporter/organiser of The Reading Agency more national 'Six Book Challenge' & 'Summer Reading Challenge' I think it is a superb initiative. Plus Jorvik have also Fringe events including a storytelling event with English Heritage happening at Cliffords Tower, a Viking Minecraft event (to actually build a longship and the Nine Worlds) PLUS are screening How To Train Your Dragon (not true vikings but still an epic choice).

Sadly I am missing the grand finale, the birth of the Norse World due to a prior engagement that final weekend but still - I think I am going to have another really enjoyable year at Jorvik. 

After all - what can be better than seeing Gods duel Giants, meeting new authors and discovering more vikingy books?

Roll on February Half Term!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Best Becky Bookworm Books of 2014: Top 5 Historical & Top 5 Norse Fantasy

Best Becky Bookworm Books of 2014:

Bit late I know but if you haven't read any of the 10 titles below, or heard of these 10 superb authors - please do add it to your Reading List in 2015 - they all have official Becky Bookworm approval.
Click on the cover for my full review.

Top Five Best Norse Fantasy Reads of 2014 -

Number 1
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/974683939?book_show_action=false

Number 2
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/864982088?book_show_action=false

Number 3
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/757817288?book_show_action=false

Number 4
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/899890017?book_show_action=false 

Number 5
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/913530998?book_show_action=false
 Top Five Historical Fiction Reads of 2014:

Number 1
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/913514489?book_show_action=false

Number 2
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/751822794?book_show_action=false

 Number 3
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1090413044?book_show_action=false

Number 4
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/924799558?book_show_action=false
Number 5
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/886817760?book_show_action=false

Friday, 28 November 2014

#DeadWrath by T.G.Ayer - #Valkyrie Book 4 Release Blitz PLUS #DeadSilence Cover Reveal


Dead Wrath (Valkyrie #4)


Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves ... They all come to fight for Odin.

And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.

While Bryn grieves, struggling to cope with Sigrun's death, she knows too there is no time for tears. Odin is still a shade of himself and though there is no sign of Loki in all of the Nine Realms - Thor knows he is hiding in Midgard. As the Warriors gather, Bryn must head the offensive and enter the Human Realm in search of the Trickster and his henchman.

The war is silent and it rages all across the planet.

Ragnarok is here ...


In this, the 4th thrilling instalment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes the war to home turf. From New York to London, Interpol to CIA, Bryn and her team risk their lives to save their families, to the All-Father. And to prevent the end of the world.



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Book 5 in the Valkyrie series releasing early 2015

Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves ... They all come to fight for Odin.
And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.
Tricked by Loki, Bryn is now imprisoned and finding a way out is harder than it seems. Time is running out for those who fight for Odin and while Aidan's absence is felt by all, Bryn and her team know there is no time to waste.
But Bryn is determined to find him, and stop him using every means necessary. From poisoned water to black goo, to an electronically monitored Bifrost, Bryn will use all the tricks up her sleeves to save Odin and the Nine Realms.
The war is nature and there is disaster all across the Nine Realms.
Ragnarok is here ...

In this, the 5th, and final, exhilarating installment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes on Loki with her eye on bringing him to the Vigrid Plains, the site of the final battle of Ragnarok. From all across the world, Bryn and all her teams do all they can, battling naturals disasters and murderous attackers to prevent the end of the world.
 


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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Becky Bookworm Book Review: The Terror (Short Story) by Giles Kristian

The Terror: A Short StoryThe Terror: A Short Story by Giles Kristian

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is Giles Kristian's first fully published short fiction and fits snuggly before God of Vengeance which leads ultimately to the Raven Trilogy.
The title is the most un-nordic of his viking historical fiction so far and the cover immediately made me think of haunted woods, siedr magic and angry volva's cackling on a stormy night. But it also made me think of a very important question - what could possibly be a 'terror' to a warrior-like northman? Who is willing to sail the seas without guarantee of his return? Who is ready to charge into battle without guarantees he will live to see victory?
My answers were shame, dishonour, betrayal - more inphysical things, virtues that all the northmen held close to their hearts.
I am not entirely sure if I am happy or not that these virtues weren't explored within The Terror, although they do feature heavily within his earlier Viking books. The Terror - is a tale with a twist in the tale and a cover and title that don't fully match with the content within I feel.
Without giving too much away the tale is about Sigurd the Lucky's (God of Vengeance/Raven)father, Jarl Harald and is a tale from the days when he was young and trying to prove himself. It involves a most unusual challenge which sets him and his friends against something indeed called 'The Terror' but I will leave it for curious readers to discover what the Terror actually is/was.
There is some battles, fighting, danger, excitement and thrills and quite a surprising amount of nudity in a way most readers wouldn't expect. The language as always with Giles is evocative, enchanting and well-crafted but as a reader who quickly devoured his earlier Viking works The Terror left me a bit empty - it didn't make a huge impact. Whether that's due to the nature of it being a short story or because all in all the story was fairly straight-lined, also perhaps due its compact nature.
But for readers new to him, his world, his characters and his talent I believe it makes a good enough taster of what readers can discover in the books following this little prequel.
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