- 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: #950,835 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.
Luckily, despite all that he is a sympathetic chappy, who just always seems to draw the short end of the straw. The real issue with Leofric isn't really all of the above, although it has a lot to do with it, is the fact he hasn't found his inner dragon yet.
In essence this whole story is about Leofric becoming the man he was always intended to be. The reader follows him on his road to growth, which is filled with violence, murder, fear and the occasional bout of wit.
Arnott has created a main character with flaws and a propensity for failure. He doesn't look for trouble, but trouble sure finds him quite a lot. Something tells me Leofric will eventually rise like the phoenix from the ashes.
I found myself being drawn in by Leofric and his unusual story. I needed to know what else could possibly go wrong for him. How on earth was he going to make it to the end of the book?
Arnott knows how to reel you without you even realising it. It wasn't just his storytelling though, for me it was the way I connected as a reader to the main character. I am looking forward to reading the rest of his journey now that his inner dragon is starting to pipe up and breathe fire.
I received a free copy of this book, courtesy of the author, for purposes of review.