Monday, 23 April 2012

Becky Bookworm Book Review: The Swan Road by Angeline Hawkes

It is not often I come across a super norse fantasy that could also pass for a brilliant historical novel at the same time but a saga that also focuses on the amazing character of a Norse woman with strength, bravery and a big heart to boot. Plus of course she kicks some serious butt. This is a great viking saga for the strong woman in all of us (meaning females).
Click on the cover to be taken to my review of this highly recommended story on
The Swan Road

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Becky Bookworm Book Review: Land of Ire - Chronicle II in The Raven and The Wolf series by Christopher Spellman

I've added another great historical fiction book from The Raven and The Wolf series written by author and friend Christopher Spellman.
Me (Holding Chronicle I and II books) and Christoper Spellman outside the Jorvik Viking Centre in York where we met this April.

Just click on the cover image below to be taken to my review proudly part of the Viking section at

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Danelaw adventures Part 2 - Vikings come in suprising places

To continue on my many vikingy adventures of exploration and discovery whilst I was away for the Easter holidays in the centre of the Danelaw, North Yorkshire. I'd like to share a few things with suprising viking connections:
Viking themed beer from the Rudgate brewery. Spotted in the Tesco supermarket outside York of all places
This is a mug from the Sheep-ish stall at a local craft fair I went to. The mug says "There's always one" and suprisingly it is a sheep with an unfortunately horned helmet. But it's crazy and odd just like me :P I'm proud of this mug.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Becky Bookworm Book Review: Dead Radiance by T. G. Ayer

For the first time in quite a while I am really excited about a new writer who is bringing back to life the norse gods (and in this time it focuses on Valkyries I'm pleased to say) on a par with the power and passion as Joanne Harris (Runemarks + Runelight) and Mike Vasich (Loki).
There are a few great norse fantasy writers which reveal a whole new view on the role of Valkyries, in particular Greg Van Eekhout's Norse Code. But this one might be in a tad better than his because it's a great start to a very thrilling trilogy. Please click on the cover below to read my review of T. G. Ayer's triumphant book on
Dead Radiance (Valkyrie, #1)

And I will say this - this is definitely not the last you'll hear about Dead Radiance and T. G. Ayer - And I'm not just meaning the prospective two books to be written following this one hehehehe

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Danelaw Adventures Part 1: Stamford Bridge, King Harold + King Hardrada

Me at the Battle of Stamford Bridge memorialHistorical heraldic emblem of Stamford BridgeViking Road, Stamford BridgeKings Garth, Stamford BridgeDaneswell Close + Battleflats Way, Stamford BridgeKingsway
Battle scene on Stamford Bridge mapSwordsman Inn sign, Stamford BridgeSwordsman Inn, Stamford BridgeBattle of Stamford Bridge memorial stone and plaqueBattle of Stamford Bridge memorial plaqueMemorial stone plaque, Stamford Bridge
Remembering the fallen Norwegian VikingsMe at the Battle of Stamford Bridge memorialMe at the former bridge spotTHE site of the historical Stamford BridgeViking Road, Stamford BridgeBattleflats Way, Stamford Bridge
Battle of Stamford Bridge - Battle planMe by the Kings Chase battle monumentStamford Bridge pot mugThe Stamford Bridge hessian bag

Stamford Bridge, a set on Flickr.
A historical photographic tour of the village of Stamford Bridge in North Yorkshire where the 2nd (yes, that is right, the first was the Battle of Fulford) in 1066 which would help decide the fate of English history.
Sadly there is not as much to see as there should be for such an important place. As this is where a great king of Norway fell and the last time an Anglo-Saxon won a battle before the events of Hastings and the arrival of the Normans. But I hope you enjoy what I managed to photographic to share and help people remember this place better. It is important to note that despite a historical monument to commemorate the battle, there is no such monument or even a sign to mark where the famous bridge was.

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