I have a rather fascinating new book to share with you called The Winter Warrior written by James Wilde.
1067. The battle of Hastings has been lost and the iron fist of William the Conqueror has begun to squeeze the life out of England, but there is one who still stands against foreign invasion – Hereward, the winter warrior.
1067. Following the devastating destruction of the Battle of Hastings, William the Bastard and his men have descended on England. Villages are torched; men, women and children are put to the sword as the Norman king attempts to impose his cruel will upon this unruly nation. But there is one who stands in the way of the invader's savagery. He is called Hereward. He is a warrior and master tactician and as adept at battle as the imposter who sits upon the throne. And he is England's last hope.
In a Fenlands fortress of water and wild wood, Hereward's resistance is simmering. His army of outcasts grows by the day—a devil's army that emerges out of the mists and the night, leaving death in its wake. But William is not easily cowed. Under the command of his ruthless deputy, Ivo Taillebois—the man they call 'the Butcher'—the Norman forces will do whatever it takes to crush the rebels, even if it means razing England to the ground. Here then is the tale of the bloodiest rebellion England has ever known—the beginning of an epic struggle that will change England forever.
I have not read the first book in this trilogy but it wasn't necessary for me to understand what is going on in this book. It can be read as a stand alone if you wish to not read all three books. You can be happy with the ending of this book or not, as I was not. I want to know what happens to Hereward and his band of rebels so I would love to read the third book.
In this one, The Winter Warrior, there are a lot of battle scenes that are very graphic and almost make you see it in your mind. I am glad that I was not there, as I am sure I would have been so shocked, I would have been the first to be killed. What a life these men and women had to live! If this William the Bastard was anything like this book made him out to be, well, he was certainly a devil in disguise because he showed no mercy towards women or children. He killed them all and without a thought.
No wonder Hereward is so determined to cause as much trouble as possible! I was a little sad though to read that he is not to find some happiness. He loses his first wife and mother to a murderer whom he still doesn't know is one of his own. Then his second wife and newborn son is also put into danger because of this same coward who Hereward thinks is his friend.
I am not sure if Hereward is a real person in England's history or a made up character, but it makes no matter as the book is filled with some real parts of England and I know that William the Bastard is real. Whether he was as bad as this book is making him out to be, I still don't know that either, but in any case, both characters are made to be so real in this book, that I would shudder and be deeply dismayed to meet either one of them!
If you love reading about some history with some made up parts thrown in and love to read about battles and medieval times in England, then this book won't disappoint you. I myself wasn't sure where I stood when I started the book but by the time I finished, I knew I wanted to read the third book, if nothing else then to see where it all ends.
Plus, I want to see if this coward friend of Hereward's ever gets his just reward! I really don't like for people like that to get away with things that are so horrible that it just isn't right that they should get off scot free! I sincerely hope that some of these bad men are called to answer for their horrible crimes, but I know in real life back in those days, some flourished while the good people of England did not, so the third book may not go as well as I would like it to, but I still want to read it, because now it is under my skin and I have to know what happens!
About the Author:
Raised in a world of books, James Wilde studied economic history at university before travelling the world in search of adventure. Unable to forget a childhood encounter - in the pages of a comic - with the great English warrior, Hereward, Wilde returned to the haunted fenlands of Eastern England, Hereward's ancestral home, where he became convinced that this legendary hero should be the subject of his first novel. Wilde now indulges his love of history and the high life in the home his family have owned for several generations in the heart of a forest.
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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.