The Engeln have now settled on the isle of Britannia and are intent on staying, and will fight to maintain and expand their territory and culture. The people of Powys are not too happy with this and are intent on driving the invaders out as they expand their own reach. A clash is inevitable and the author is on top of his game in this tale of that confrontation. Great characters, wonderful verbal byplay, thrilling action and an insightful look into Dark Age Britain make this book hard to put down. A good tale needs to be able to surprise the reader on occasion and The Scathing certainly fulfills that requirement. In fact, it is the surprise element that has me looking forward to the continuation of this series. 4.7 stars and The Hoover Book Review’s prestigious “You Just Blew Me Away” award. 🙂
About E S Moxon:
“Born into an Anglo-Italian family, E S Moxon’s life has always involved languages and travel. Childhood holidays were spent exploring Britain’s ancient heritage sites or the openness of north Italy’s rural mountains. Her grandfather’s tales of his roguish youth, akin to old sagas told around fires in Saxon and Viking mead halls, were an inspiration. Fueled by these early influences, Elaine began writing stories. A former holistic therapist and member of the Historical Novel Society, she also enjoys walking, reading and baking.”
Once again an author asked me to read and review their labor of love; a task that I enjoy especially when the book is good. For me a good book has the following qualities: believable story and characters….good descriptive narrative….plots that twist and turn…a writing style that makes it easy to keep turning the pages(or tapping the bottom right corner of a Kindle)…. Wulfsuna has all those qualities and more. The story line is a Saxon tribe returning to Britain to reunite with with the other half of their tribe…no problem there except for a revenge seeking Angle who gets the saga off to a roaring start and supplies the drama and tension throughout the Wolf Sons journey. Recovering from the tragic betrayal by the Angles is not easy for the new headman of the Wulfsuna and is complicated by the finding of a strange woman in the woods; a woman who threatens to tear the tribe apart because of her ties to Earth Magic and her visions of the future.
A word about the magic/seer qualities that are an important part of this story….the use of magic and visions by the author enhances the telling and simply reinforces the beliefs that were a part of the 5th century and is especially useful in a tale that is not a retelling of a historical event. It is an excellent tool for getting into the mindsets of the people of the time and the author has done this in a most pleasant and entertaining fashion.
I really enjoyed this book even when unforeseen events shook me and made me put the book down and exclaim, ‘What? No, she didn’t do that, did she? I didn’t see that coming.’ Of course those kinds of reader shaking events are what make a book a page turner, aren’t they? A hearty recommendation and 5 stars…looking forward to the sequel.
Here’s a link to the book trailer.