- File Size: 2717 KB
- Print Length: 80 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tim Walker; 1 edition (December 13, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 13, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019D64AH0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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ABANDONED! (Light in the Dark Ages Book 1) Kindle Edition
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When the Roman garrisons made an orderly withdrawal from their province of ‘Britannia’ in 409-410 to help defend Rome against marauding armies of Goths getting ever nearer to the gates of Rome, the island was beset by invaders from the northern fringes of what we now know as Europe, while warring tribes of Britons struggled either to protect or to expand their borders. Tim Walker has ably researched the period, and his story is full of convincing incidental detail.
His intention is that the series will cover three generations of a family that must use its wit and skills to survive such a precarious and violent period of British history. Of course, he has only just begun to create his cast of characters, and is in the early stages of honing his craft as a writer who, like Hilary Mantel, is capable of bringing his landscapes to life, peopling them with believable, complex human beings struggling with occasionally divided loyalties and with different tribal and cultural affiliations, and making them speak dialogue the reader always finds convincing.
The author has recently addressed the issues highlighted by one reviewer about the length and structure of some of the sentences in his first edition, the occasional difficulty a reader might have experienced when coming across the same pronoun more than once in a particular paragraph referring to different people, and the very occasional use or non-use of punctuation leading to unintended ambiguity. He has now uploaded a revised version, and there is plenty of evidence that his writing style will only become more assured and polished as the series progresses.
Despite the beginning reference to the barbarian attack, this story would also be appropriate for a younger audience who may be interested in knights, legionnaires, and battles. Not overly gory and no steamy scenes. Some good questions for a younger book club could be easily developed. Why did some soldiers remain behind when the Romans left? Why did the local folk take orders from the men recently released from jail? What steps did Marcus take that would have completely changed the outcome if not done? When the villagers stopped wearing Roman garb, what message did that send to soldiers and to each other?
In my opinion, there were too many long sentences in a row joined with conjunctions but it didn't overly detract from the story. A few too many paragraphs started with the name "Marcus". Some paragraphs began with "He" or "They" and didn't offer another description. That may not bother someone who isn't a speed reader. I would have given this book a 3 rating for that but the content was good enough to override it.
I read novels with historical accuracy in mind and I'm not critical if the writer takes some liberties for benefit of the plot. This book is appropriate and doesn't include current slang (something I don't overlook). Would all the events happen just like this? Would the living conditions be exactly like this? Well, its called the dark ages for a reason.
This book does a lot of things right for a new novelist. I'll look forward to the next.
I love this era in the history of Britain and found names here I recognised. There was a real feeling of having been thrown to the dogs by the retreating Romans but the local inhabitants refuse to give up. Prepare for some exciting battles and a fair bit of blood. An interesting and very visual story. I enjoyed it a lot.