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Rk a little harder to "keep it fresh keep us interested and not re tread old ground Even if like "it fresh keep us interested and not re tread old ground Even if like it is a to be continued story With The Devil s Army Hereward s character broadens matures and takes on responsibilities as the story progresses He has to He finds his inner rage tempered than somewhat by the responsibility and pressures of the leadership that he hasn t exactly sought but which has pretty much come to him by dint of the rebels and him realising there is no one else willing or able to take that leadership on He realises that being a strong leader isn t just about TRAINING LEADING WARRIORS AND THE JOY leading warriors and the joy battle even though he might sometimes wish it were that simple He needs to offer the people he says he is fighting for something than just a satisfyingly bloody fight and the chance of gratification through revengeOnce he had been little than a ravening wolf driven By Rage And Hungry For Blood Shunned By All Civilised rage and hungry for blood shunned by all civilised Now he was a leader of men who had been taught the value of friendship honour and justiceHis resistance to William takes shape and he needs fighters As they fight back against the Normans so come to him willing to fight But they also come with family and friends who need to be found place to live And food to eat Ely surrounded by the almost impenetrable forests and marshes of the Fens might offer Hereward protection and a place to centre his fight back but it comes at a cost The people need to see results not an occupying force Resentment grows and surprisingly Hereward often has his work cut out convincing them he offers a better future than William At the time he most needs his people s help and support Hereward risks alienating themHereward chose his words carefully subtly reinforcing the notion that he was one of them not an outsider who had seized control of their birthplaceThey were scared they earned for a strong leader a protector in these turbulent times and they wanted to believe every word he utteredHe needs to offer the civilised folk a future But a safe secure future that is also in the here and now Unfortunately some of the English have also come to the conclusion that this is what they want even than the restoration of their heritage They have come to the conclusion that by mercilessly crushing their fellow Englishmen the rebels supposedly fighting for them a stable future is exactly what William can not only offer them but also deliver even though it involves burning killing and even starving their fellow countrymen to deathAnd Pandering yes what of William in The Devil s Army King William the Conueror variously my Lord The Userper or The Bastard depending on how far awayou are from him I guess is a constant dark and menacing presence in the country and throughout this book The Norman Alpha Male No one is bigger literally stronger or willing to go further or sink lower to get what he wants He is clearly intent on living up to a perhaps modern interpretation of The Bastard And Oka Yogi Atma Katha yet interestingly on occasions James Wilde shows us that Hereward is also in danger of becoming just as ruthless and destructively determined as the man he is fighting to rid his people of Hereward can surely see this and at times seems effectively powerless forced both by necessity and circumstances to stop itHereward is of course the main character here but other characters are satisfyingly developed as well We learn about his brother Redwald He is of a courtier and politician than Hereward but also an opportunist His aims are murky or at least not very clear He sees much but says little I don t trust him one little bit And Alric the Monk Hereward s companion and conscience personified becomes a stronger character while all the time demanding and of Hereward s respect Being Hereward is not easy whenou don t want to follow the sensible advice of someone who has our best interests at heart and don t know that someone ou have always trusted can t be The countryside of the Fens is wonderfully described and also plays a huge part in shaping both the resistance and the writing of the story Almost a character in itselfAdd into the mix some huge surprises that I certainly didn t see coming and a final battle the like of which one comes across only very rarely a violent blood soaked ambush and chase with attack and counter attack that is impossible to tear our eyes away from and with The Devil s Army ou have powerful evocative historical fiction writing of the very highest orderAnd luckily for us as they say in The 13th Warrior there are I may be getting ahead of myself here but I really feel that just two books in James Wylde has made the Hereward series the one others will be measured against Second in the series we ve moved a Chhal year forward to 1067 the aftermath of William the Bastards conuest of EnglandStarts exactly where the last book left of in the Fens of East Anglia where the majority of the story is set the hero his crew are swiftly reintroduced we re all caught up on whose who which is always go. Illiam 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 groundHere then is the tale of the bloodiest rebellion England has ever known the beginning of an epic struggle that will echo down theears.

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The Norman invasion 1066 Reading books like this historical ENGLISH NOVELS INVOLVES FINDING ANCESTORS IN THE WINTER novels often involves finding In The Winter I encountered two ancestors William de Warenne Varennes for whom there is documentation of him fighting with William the Conueror and Ivo Taillebois nicknamed The Butcher for his ferocity in battle Wilde pseudonym for Mark Chadbourn overly romanticized his characters and dialog Otherwise an interesting read No spoilers I m not like thatWell I went Into this head first and being a fan of the first book I had expectations and I was not disappointed The character development in this was exactly what I expected and liked Each Character felt like they grew and it showed in the readingHereward is a strong character with so many flaws and inner demons that needs conuering and this story felt like he developed through outVery enjoyable read the chapters are short which i read the chapters are short which I because you can get through it with ease and depending onour schedule Ivota Sladk Hokosti you can read a few chapters in one sittingI m a fan of Hereward and looking forward to the next book in the series now I was thoroughly impressed with book 1 of this series so I was excited and worried about reading book 2 Would the writing and plot be as good Would the shine of the characters and story wear off Would I get bored with of the same Yes the writing is excellent and the plot possibly even better no the characters grow even larger and closer to life and the story shines just as brightly and no I wasn t bored and it wasn t of the same James Wilde is firmly cementing himself as one of my favourite authorsMy thanks to the author publisher and NetGalley for a free copy to review This review is entirely my own unbiased opinion It was an interesting read The Norman conuest is my third favourite period and culture But I am always on the side of the Normans So it took a while to switch my POV and allegiance over to the English Ha His book is a great mix of fiction and history Wilde painted the scenery well and the historical feel shone through It was easy to picture myself in the 11th century As I did enjoy most of the characters a few were rather one dimensional Harald Redteeth was the stereotypical angry Norse thirsty for blood The Butcher was just the archetypal villain There wasn t much depth to those characters and I had trouble remaining interested in their part of the story But the characters within Ely were all interesting and I loved the struggle of trying to live in the settlement in peaceet prepare for war Godrun s betrayal of the fox was a shocking surprise to me But once it happened I realized that it was entirely in her character and added depth Wilde did M excellent job in developing her character and demonstrating the horrible struggle inside her to do what was needed for the greater good Even the defilement of her own body I only wish he would have made that much effort on the Norman characters William the Conuerer is an important historical figure but he was only portrayed as an angry bitter grown child What can I say other than An excellent seuel to Hereward book 1This is by far better than the first with intrigue and scheming The plot thickens and the pace remains uick and enticing The story is rich and gripping making it a good read that is hard to put down An excellent addition to my bookshelf which will certainly be read again details are a bit off William the Bastard was probably not as old as 50 in 1069 and to my knowledge although he was a big man it was mainly muscle and not fat I liked this less than the first one for different reasons hated his portrayal of Harold Godwinsson in that one and failed to like any of the characters A superbly written book about the effects of the Norman Invasion of England in 1066 by William the Conueror Well written and historically accurate told from the English perspective It sheds light on the historical figure of Hereward a Mercian warrior who fought the Norman invasion If this is a period of history that interests Orice Om I Este Team you andou want a good read that is a page turner this is the one for ou Look forward to reading all the books in this series Highly recommend it Original Post Bigger better and awesome than its predecessor Wilde manages to keep the reader hooked throughout the pages with his fantastic prose A must for all historical fiction fans The Founding FieldsAfter reading and enjoying the first novel in the Hereward trilogy Hereward review here I was wondering if Wilde would be able to live up to the brilliant first novel This is partly one of the reasons why although I had a copy of The Devil s Army for a while I didn t get around to picking it up until recently as I thought it being the second novel in a trilogy would be a let down as second novels in trilogies are normally the most difficult to write However when I did get round to it within the first few pages of reading The Devil s Army I was hooked again as Wilde proves that he can continue to impress with the seuel and. 1067 The battle of Hastings has been lost; Harold Godwinsson is dead The iron fist of William the Bastard has begun to sueeze the life out of England Villages are torched and men women and children put to the sword as the Norman king attempts to impose his cruel will upon this unruly nationBut there is one who stands in the way of the invader's savagery He. Manage to make the seuel better than it s predecessor1067 The battle of Hastings has been lost Harold Godwinsson is dead The iron fist of William the Bastard The battle of Hastings has been lost Harold Godwinsson is dead The iron fist of William the Bastard begun to sueeze the life out of England Villages are torched and men women and children put to the sword as the Norman king attempts to impose his cruel will upon this unruly nationBut 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 slaughter as the imposter who sits upon the throne And he is England s last hopeIn a Fenlands fortress of water and wild wood Hereward s resistance is simmeringHis army of outcasts grows by the day a devil s army that emerges out of the mists and the night leaving death in its wakeBut 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 groundSo Hereward was the novel that focused on the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings the most famous battle in England s history and now Hereward The Devil s Army looks at the aftermath of that titanic battle and how it changed England as a nation William the Conueror is now in command of the English throne and resistance is crumbling Hereward is labelled as an inspiration for the legends of Robin Hood and is described as England s last hope and is an amazing character He s different from when we were first introduced to him at the beginning of Book One and has changed greatly and is now a leader of men His character has developed fantastically well and it will be interesting to see where Wilde takes the character in the upcoming third novelThe action seuences in The Devil s Army are great as Wilde showcases the struggle between the English resistance and the Norman Oppressors they re well written and very bloody and the final battle is nothing short of epic and throughout the novel ou get the sense that no character is safe not even Hereward thus increasing the tension and making the reader want to root for The English over the invadersThe pace is top notch moving breathtakingly fast ensuring that there isn t a dull moment in this novel There are plenty of twists to keep the outcome unpredictable as possible and by the end of the book ou will only be left with wanting to find out what happens next The Devil s Army has made Wilde one of my favourite historical fiction authors up there with the likes of Simon Scarrow Bernard Cornwell and Ben Kane even if they are all the only historical fiction authors that I have read so far they re all awesome and Wilde has really managed to bring life to the bloody aftermath of the Battle of HastingsHereward himself is the book s strongest character and ou re not likely to forget his name in a while Alric The Monk Is Back And His Storyline That Weaves the monk is back and his storyline that weaves The Devil s Army is just as enthralling as Hereward s I m struggling to find a flaw with The Devil s Army as it does everything that Hereward does and then some the action scenes are bigger and well written making it an enthralling read from beginning to end Historical fiction fans or anyone who s enjoyed Hereward will find themselves enjoying this novel like I didVerdict 455 Hereward James Wilde s first book in the Hereward series was a stunning debut The power and verve of the writing the impact and strength of the hero the story revealed gave Hereward an edge and a pulsating wildness that I hadn t felt from a book in a long time As if the story the book had reached up and punched me in the faceFrom the very beginning James Wilde formed Hereward into a thoroughly believable and compelling character from the forgotten mists of English history An action packed compulsive story that took no prisoners and a hero that then held a knife to Essentials Of Dispensing your throat for the rest of the bookPhewIn general this is a familiar period 1066 and the aftermath and one also recently vividly explored from the Norman point of view in James Aitcheson s Sworn Sword and The Splintered Kingdom Here James Wilde presents it to us afresh by concentrating on a perhaps to most people unfamiliar English hero Hereward The Wake As the book jacket to the paperback of Hereward puts it The last Englishman The first freedom fighter The forgotten heroAccording to Wikipedia Hereward s The Wake epithet meaning watcher was popularly assigned to him manyears after his death So whilst I can t say Hereward without also thinking The Wake no one here in these books says Hi Wake And he s certainly of a do er than a watcherRight so the uestion is then after such an impressive start can The Devil s Army live up to the startling promise of its predecessorYes It can It does And then someOf course because we re better prepared this time because we know the main characters and we know the style the second can never be as much as a surprise as the first one in any series So the writer has to perhaps wo. Is called Hereward He is a warrior and master tactician and as adept at slaughter as the imposter who sits upon the throne And he is England's last hopeIn a Fenlands fortress of water and wild wood Hereward's resistance is simmeringHis army of outcasts grows by the day a devil's army that emerges out of the mists and the night leaving death in its wakeBut The Devil's Army