Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Becky Bookworm Book Review: Hereward- Wolves of New Rome by James Wilde

Hereward: Wolves of New Rome (Hereward, #4)Hereward: Wolves of New Rome by James Wilde

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! Hereward simply can't be beaten and can survive seas, shipwreck, desert, ambush, imprisonment, power plotting and more! It is out of the fire of William the Conqueror and into the bubbling cauldron of rival family factions, power politics and a dagger hiding not just behind every corner but in every word and look. Another heart pounding adventure. Looking forward to what happens next...
It is good to meet the familiar faces of the original trilogy and observe how they face off against the many challenges in this new journey and new land from elements to people, both on land and on sea. It is also really exciting to meet new fresh faces, both friend and foe alike and I especially like a particular female character that features repeatedly in Hereward and the gang's new adventures.
This fourth book continues to show that James Wilde is a master at starting off several strands of storyline and weaving them all into an patterned storytelling that grips the reader with each turn of the page and is a pattern that shifts like the sands so the reader can never predict or dare guess what will happen next. Each chapter packs a punch, a surprise, a delight, occasional relief but being replaced by more drama and intrigue than the tales of Hereward vs Normans. And the best thing is.... this is just the beginning for Hereward and the Gang - happily ever after doesn't exist for warriors of a conquered country, strangers in a strange land, where deciet is as common as water and where their famous struggle in England means nothing to the nobles of the Empire or the Varangian Guard.
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