- File Size: 1894 KB
- Print Length: 413 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ketingas Press; 1 edition (March 13, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 13, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UOTIBDU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Leofric: Sword of the Angles Kindle Edition
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This is a gripping, enthralling read. The plot has many twists and turns and is totally unpredictable and the story never drags. I was completely gripped by Leofric and his adventures, willing him to succeed.
The story is of a journey undertaken by Leofric; not just a physical journey, but also the journey of a transformation from a weak sickly youth, described by villagers as a half dead cripple, into a strong and brave warrior.
Leofric is plagued by many moments of self doubt, believing himself incapable of exacting justice. He remembers how as a sickly child he watched a grave being dug by his Uncle's servant. It is only as an adult that he realises the grave was intended for himself. In his darkest moments, he despairs, seeing omens in everything around him; a falcon hunting a hare, dead ravens in a sacred clearing. Although lacking in confidence, Leofric shows persistence and great courage, such as the time he rescues two servants from a blazing fire, comes to the aid of Fulco, and during his time at the raider's camp. He is resourceful and shows great initiative in finding a way out of a difficult situations. There are many times when he believes he can't go on any longer but he always finds the strength to continue. His love for Asta drives him on, but in his darkest moments, he cries for her.
He is helped by many people along his journey; Fulco teaches him many skills he will need as a warrior, Sunniva feeds and takes care of him, and Turi introduces him to steam baths, a practice which greatly improves his health.
Several of the characters recall their past lives which brings out their individual personalities and helps to explain the reasons for their behaviour.
Leofric is not a violent man but at times his wrath will be raised and he finds his dragon, the spirit which urges him onwards. This is made evident in one of the final scenes; a mesmerizing encounter with an old childhood friend.
The historical setting seems authentic and totally believable. The harshness of everyday life is skilfully conveyed. The Gods names are invoked often, sacrifices are made and death is never far away. When is in the need of rope, Leofric removes a noose from a hanged man. He is forced to defend himself many times. He passes by the Red Dolmen and arrives at a burial mound where a line of skulls have been placed; it is only later, he discovers who has placed them there and why. Life is hard but acts of kindness are common, such as when Eoforwine helps Leofric, and Sigmundr offers him advice.
Everyday life is well described, such as the market stalls and merchants in the town of Haderslev. The writing is vivid and imaginative and the author has created a fascinating world. This book has adventure, romance, and plenty of intrigue and suspense.
Leofric stayed with me long after I had finished this book. I hope there are more of his adventures to follow.
‘It came to him then, what he could do, and how it might be done.’
Leofric’s journey is both physical and personal. In order to clear his name, he must be strong enough to fight. In order to be strong enough to fight, he must improve his health. And with the help of a number of people he meets along the way, Leofric is transformed from a sickly youth into a strong man and a potent warrior.
‘A man makes his own fate in the world; he does not beg for it.’
Once I started reading this story, I found it very hard to put down. Will Leofric survive? Will he find what he is looking for? Will he be able to clear his name? And what about the people such as Fulco, Sunniva, Turi and Asta who are part of his journey? There are plenty of unexpected twists in the tale, and it ends in a way which leaves me wanting more. Mr Arnott has created a believable and multi-dimensional world. The story combines adventure and intrigue with a touch of romance, in a believable historical setting.
Note: I bought a copy of this book after I was offered, and accepted, a copy for review purposes. I am glad that I did.