Absolutely brilliant. For 40 years I've been fascinated by this period of history, and have read everything I could my hands on, history, biography, memoirs and fiction. This series is the best fiction I've ever read - fantastically well researched and historically accurate, with wonderfully drawn characters and relationships. They give a brilliant idea of what war was like then, as well as a moving love story and brilliant relationships between the male characters. Got to the end of number 3 and luckily the fourth was published one day earlier, now I'm dying for no 5. (Sam on Amazon.uk
I loved this book and found it very difficult to put down. It was exciting and in parts very moving. It made me laugh and cry. A wonderful (if flawed hero), a strong female heroine. What more could you ask for. You want a book to take you out of yourself and away from all the niggles of daily life - then this is it. I will definitely read the next two. (E.L.Roberts on Amazon.uk
I really enjoyed this book, a great love story and lots of Battles. gives the Sharp books a run for their Money (Silverlady on Amazon.uk
What a great series. Loved the characters. Well researched, unputdownable! (Anon on Amazon.uk
It's a great story with really good characters. I think from the cover I expected it to be more romance than history but it's a real mix of both, a lot of detail about life in the army and characters from all ranks of army life. I'm not an expert on the period apart from reading novels about it but it felt real. The best part were the two main characters. You meet Paul first and I wasn't sure I liked him to start probably for the same reasons as some people in the book, but you get to watch him grow up before your eyes. The heroine (trying to avoid spoilers) is brilliant - strong, smart and determined. The dialogue is lovely to read - flows well and is very funny in places which I didn't expect and their love story is the most convincing I've read in ages. (Bethan Taylor on Goodreads 5 stars)
From the Author
The writing and research of the Peninsular War Saga, of which this is the first book, have taken several years and I've loved every minute. The series, which will run to ten or eleven books, begins before the start of the war with the young Paul van Daan joining an infantry regiment going to India and will end with the Army of Occupation after Waterloo. Given the historical setting and the army background I've been asked several times if the series is similar to the Sharpe books. The answer has to be yes in terms of the events a reader is likely to encounter, since those battles and marches really happened. My lead characters are very different, however. Sharpe came up from the ranks, fighting against the army establishment all the way. Paul van Daan comes from wealth and privilege and had no need to be in the army at all. He is a career soldier by choice, a man with the money to buy all the promotions he needs. He is also talented, quick tempered and insubordinate with a taste for low company and an eye for a pretty girl, and he is arrogant enough to think that he can change the army to work the way he thinks it should. There is a love story at the heart of the violence and bloodshed of these books along with a wealth of other characters whom I've come to love. Some of their stories continue in the Light Division Romances, which follow some of the officers and men of the 110th into peacetime.