Children of the Chieftain- Bounty by Michael E. Wills


The third installment of this engaging series finds Ahl Brightsword continuing to tell his story.  The crew of The Eagle are still trying to gather the riches needed for them to return home and end their banishment but are co-opted into a fleet carrying warriors to help the Greek Emperor at Miklagard defend against an invasion.  The story moves quickly and is filled with action, drama and a wonderfully descriptive narrative; especially the portaging of ships overland to avoid dangerous rapids. I highly recommend this book and the series to young readers who are interested in the history of that period; and who doesn’t like good Viking tales?  🙂  4 stars






Children of the Chieftain – Banished by Michael E. Wills


Banished takes up the story of Ahl Brightsword and his friends as they embark on a mission to rescue a friend they left behind in book 1.  The story, told by Ahl who is now an old man, reads easy with enough action and drama to keep the reader entertained; even educated about Vikings and their way of life.  This is especially true when aboard the ship and have to learn how to navigate in all sorts of conditions…weather and pirates among them.  It is not any easy quest and is filled with dangers and some dire consequences but throughout, the author keeps hope kindled.  4 stars.

Crocodile Legion by S.J.A. Turney and Dave Slaney


Meet Mr. Turney one day, I will, and will beg him, “Please Simon wan Kenobi, teach me to write.”  The prolific creator of books for old farts like me, such as, Marius Mules, Praetorian, and The Ottoman Cycle has now produced a tale for children.  And an excellent one I might add.  The story revolves around a quest for riches to help pay for the rebuilding of Alexandria.  It is full of excitement, adventure, danger and mystery and is sure to entertain the age group it is intended for.  In addition, the illustrations by Dave Slaney are just delightful.  I especially liked the roving eyes and expressions of the leopard pelt worn by Uncle Scriptor and the portraits of the diminutive heroes, Marcus and Callie.  Better even still…there are more of these tales to come.  5 stars

Children of the Chieftain – Betrayed by Michael E. Wills


In another first for this humble scribbler of book reviews, I was tasked with reading a book  intended for children.  While I wasn’t sure at first what to expect (it has been years since I read to my children), my initial concerns were set aside by this well crafted and entertaining book.  The story follows a group of children as they set out on a dangerous mission; a mission that will see them battle against overwhelming odds and betrayal.  The story is at once an adventure tale and an accelerated coming of age tale as the children must grow up quickly if they are to survive.   4 stars