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Rory: Modern-day, Medieval-alternate-world (Hengist-People of the Horse Book 2) by [Gray, Jacky]

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"The premise of time travel isn't one that usually interests me but in this instance the author does an amazing job of allowing the reader to really experience life in two eras as the main character moves between medieval and modern times and the issues raised are both entertaining and poignant. Though this is YA fiction I am not a YA but I really enjoyed it. Well written, engaging plot that clips along at the perfect pace." - Jean Grainger, International Award-winning Author of The Tour series

"I read the first book in this series in a day and a half, and I read this one even quicker. In this installment, Archer is sent to modern day England and has the same kind of problems with bullies that he had at home. I love the way he handles himself in some pretty horrible situations and the way he finds justice for those involved." - Andrea Domanski, Bestselling Author of the Omega series

"Rip roaring adventure for readers of all ages. Gray certainly knows how to spin a saga, more importantly she knows how to pitch the tone of speculative fiction. There's a whimsical element to this one that delights with its cocky confidence and a bemused view of the modern world by a boy out of his own time." - Book Viral - Review Site 

"Halfway though the book, I actually had to close down my Kindle and walk away; I knew just what that vile Mandy was going to do. Had it been a paper version, I would have had to skip ahead to see if she was going to get her comeuppance. Be proud of me; I did not cheat! I absolutely loved all the outsmarting of the bad-guy bits, and Ms. Gray did a fabulous job with expressing the values of "turning the other cheek," and "doing what's right because it's the right thing to do." Blackmail is just wrong, wrong, wrong!" - Hannah Sullivan, Author of The Thunder Series

"Like the best successor volumes, Rory has all the virtues of the first, with a kind of ease and assurance about it which make for very smooth reading." - Ronald Hutton, Professor of History at Bristol University

"The basic idea of a person from a different age interacting with the elements and people of the present lends itself to create many wonderful plot lines. The book has plenty of laugh out loud moments as the author uses her keen observation to wriggle out laughs from even the unlikeliest of sources. Archer is the kind of hero who inspires you to awaken the hero in you and should be a hit with readers everywhere." - MWB Reviews

"Another of Jacky Gray's books which involve the reader to look at life's adventures through mystical all seeing eyes. Jacky's in touch with what kids and adults - after all we are all big kids - wish to read. Woven into the words as the pages unfold is a journey that we can all relate to and for me that is the magic of a good writer." - Maria Wheatly, Author and Master Dowser

"I really do love this series. I seem to have gotten bogged down in a plethora of 'best selling' books in recent years that could have all been written by the same author so discovering the Hengist series has been genuinely uplifting. The key to this series and I suspect its success is the crossover medieval world that Jacky Gray has created. In Rory she brings her cross over world and modern times together through her main character and it's one of the most original reads I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. It is kind of a like the Michael Crichton book Timeline in reverse so expect a really entertaining read." - Danny, UK Amazon Reader

"I was VERY impressed! The characters jumped off the page and swept me up in their various dramas, and it was fascinating seeing how Archer - with his old-world sensibilities - found a way to relate to his modern-day peers. It was also very satisfying and lovely to see both how dismayed Archer is by the cruelty of his peers, and also how he manages to use his own generosity and willingness to forgive to change his situation. Sometimes that sort of unfailing selflessness is done terribly, but it was incredibly believable here." - Rebecca, US Amazon Reader

"I pick up books to read and a few chapters in they start to feel like recycled plotlines from other books but Hengist series is genuinely original. I've actually read this book out of order so do make sure you read Archer before reading this one as the 'time travelling' may throw you. The different time setting really adds a neat twist to the story whilst keeping it light and entertaining. As always I loved the characters which I think makes this series extra special." - Karen E Proctor, UK Amazon Reader

"Archer faces a tough road in this story, and there are times when he seems utterly and unbearably alone. It's hard to read about a 16 year old facing such difficulties as bullying and an unhelpful foster care system. But the author catches the world brilliantly, and while this is a fascinating and enjoyable story, it also teaches a lot of lesson. Why people bully, how the victim feels, and how the bully feels. While it is something older readers will really enjoy, it is a great story for younger readers as well. If any one's child is facing a bully at school, this would be a great book to read and then discuss." - Stringsoup, US Amazon Reader

From the Author

I never planned for the second book Rory, the original idea was to go straight from Archer (a Warrior) to Reagan (a Magi) then onto Slater (an Outil). But I was called to Glastonbury on Beltane, where I was instructed to put Archer into our world to emphasise the contrasts. 
So Archer travels to modern-day England where he is shocked by the differences - he has never seen a light switch, let alone a computer. The biggest difference is in the attitudes, particularly in people of his own age. Rory is someone he can relate to, but every other teenager he meets wants nothing better than to torment him. Just as Archer finds some common ground with Peter and his gang, a misunderstanding at school means he is thrust into a new foster home where he meets an entirely new adversary - a stroppy punk Mandy. As she lures him further into her shady world of shop-lifting, he cannot help but be bewitched by the vulnerable girl under all that aggression. 
This book practically wrote itself, after 10 years teaching teens, they sprang to life with no research required. In fact the difficult job was restricting it - when you have a cast of thousands to choose from, it's difficult not to keep introducing bit players, but I hope I have kept it down to a manageable level. While none of them are based on anyone in particular, I'm sure one or two of the traits and attitudes of these characters will resonate with today's teens.

I am thrilled to have been awarded an indiePENdents Seal for reaching this esteemed body's exacting standards for spelling, grammar, punctuation and formatting. Please let me know if you spot any typos which slipped through the net.

Here's one of my favourite scenes:
Archer suppressed a smile, knowing Peter probably wouldn't have the strength to even string the bow, let alone pull the string back with sufficient force to loose an arrow. The bored voice returned. 'I should have no problem then. He will shoot the apple straight off my head. No part of my body will be pierced by the barbed tip travelling at the speed of an express train.' He had spent many hours reading about methods of modern transport and could not begin to imagine travelling at speeds four times faster than a galloping horse.
'No way.' Jack's voice was full of scorn. 'It can't go as fast as a train; it's only a bit of wood and string.'
'A train travels at one hundred and twenty-five miles every hour. A shaft from a longbow travels at one hundred and twenty-four miles every hour. I would say that's close.'
'So you could kill someone with your bow?' Kyle seemed surprised. Of the three of them, he was the one who might possibly have a redeeming feature. He had obviously paid more attention than the others to the scant studies they seemed to do in this world. Archer was astounded by how little the boys knew about important things like the seasons, plants and hunting.
Archer fixed Kyle with a hard stare. 'Have you not read anything about the success of the English longbow in medieval wars? The archers struck terror into the heart of every Frenchman.'
'Yeah but it's just old-fashioned nonsense. It's all fairy tales like Robin Hood and King Arthur.' Kyle dismissed them with a sneer.

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  • File Size: 2396 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 9, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B011BNK3QA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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