Hereward (Hereward, #2)
- Hereward (Hereward, #2)
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Second in the series & we’ve moved a year forward to 1067 & the aftermath of William the Bastards conquest of England.Starts 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 good after a break in a series. The story romps along & we find out what William The Bastard & his cronies have been upto along with Hereward, [...]
'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 face!From the very beginning, James Wilde formed Hereward into a thoroughly believable and compelling character from the forgotten mists of English history. An action [...]
Original Post: thefoundingfields/2012/07/“Bigger, better and more 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 Ar [...]
A superbly written book about the effects of the Norman Invasion of England in 1066 by William the Conqueror. 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 you and you want a good read that is a page turner this is the one for you. Look forward to reading all the books in this series. Highly recommend it.
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.
What can I say other than: An excellent sequel to Hereward book 1.This is by far better than the first, with more intrigue and scheming. The plot thickens and the pace remains quick 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.
I was an odd girl. I didn't like rom-com but I loved Robert E. Howard. I never went so far as to fashion a leather bikini for myself, but I did like his adrenalin-driven stories of daring robberies and fights to death against impossible odds. The vigour of his prose, the broad sweep of his imagination. Give me Conan rather than Mr Darcy any day (although the true love of my life is Fritz Leiber's The Gray Mouser).All that comes by way of preamble, because when I picked this up, I was strongly re [...]
The Norman invasion, 1066. Reading books like this, historical English novels often involves finding ancestors. In The Winter Warrior I encountered two ancestors: William de Warenne (Varennes), for whom there is documentation of him fighting with William the Conqueror, 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.
Another rousing taleInvasion, betrayal, loss of home and hearth and the fight to regain it. Brutal, wrenching historical fiction. On to book 3
Better than the first one the story is now established and there is a lot of intrigue. The only thing i'd say is that the story gives a lot of notice before any of the twists.
1067. The battle of Hastings has been lost; Harold Godwinsson is dead. The iron fist of William the Bastard has begun to squeeze 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 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 slaughter as the imposter who sits upon the throne. And he [...]
In 1067, following his victory at the Battle of Hastings, the Norman king is determined to impose his rule on the English natives. One man, however, rises to lead a rebellion and based in the impenetrable Fenland gathers a motley army. Hereward is determined that the English should stand to the last man to defend their country, but finds that there is much more to being a leader than fighting. The leader of the Norman army, nicknamed The Butcher, is equally determined to overcome, and with spies [...]
Boy was I happy.I’d read Hereward by James Wilde recently and, while I had a couple of issues with the book, on the whole I’d thoroughly enjoyed it. So now that the sequel (Hereward: The Devil’s Army) is out, I was intrigued to see how the story went on and whether the writer’s tack or style had changed since the first book.I read it in four days, despite this week being a ruthlessly busy time with few free moments. In short, Devil’s Army is everything I could have hoped for in a seque [...]
If readers think that the first Hereward novel was blood fueled and action packed well the sequel Hereward: The Devil's Army completely tops it. There are not just more epic battles to be fought, lost or won but also the private battle within the characters comes to the fore as Hereward struggles with his new found leadership with a people who are as tempted to follow him for the right reasons as betray him for all the wrong reasons. He has to either demonstrate mercy or fear if he wishes to rul [...]
Review:When i first started Hereward: Devils Army it was looking forward to what should be a great read. Book one Hereward was a fantastic book (see review amazon/Hereward-eboo )So it was very worrying to start the book and struggle to get into it.So I took a step back remembering that I know you have to be in the right frame of mind for every author and every book you read. Its why my TBR pile is so fluid. On reflection I think I pushed myself into this one and wasn’t ready, I was more consci [...]
I messed up and read this book ahead of the first one (it is the second of three in the series), but that didn't do much to dampen my enjoyment of it. It reads a lot like Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Series (Hereward and Uhtred are similar characters) although set in a later period than Saxon. The Hereward series is set during the Norman invasion of the 11th Century. Hereward is the leader of a group of rebels fighting to keep William's Normans from taking over the whole of England. To be sure, ther [...]
Tragic and Determined WarriorThis is the second novel that follows the warrior Hereward. He is now in Ely surrounded by the fen country as a natural defense. Alaric the monk and Redwald, his foster brother are with him along with a growing English army. They fight the Normans. William is a brutal King who will kill every person in England if he has to, to achieve peace. Unlike the first book, which alternated between Hereward and Redwald for POV, this one primarily stayed with Hereward and the F [...]
This is an intriguing, fast paced historical adventure featuring a period which I have rarely seen depicted in fiction. The novel covers a short time period after the Norman Conquest when the legendary Hereward rallied the English troops in the Fenlands of East Anglia. William may have taken the crown but Hereward and his army are growing and they feel that victory may be within reach, however the prospect of danger and betrayal are present at every turn. The story is told from multiple viewpoin [...]
Read the preceding novel - simply titled Hereward - before you embark on this book or a lot of the nuances and motivation will be lost on you.This is a solid worthy sequel to Wilde's wild tale of a much forgotten hero of British history, fighting to shake off the oppression of Norman conquerors.It's not quite as incendiary or eye-openingly visceral as the first novel strikes you but that is simply down to the evolution of the plot and how events have forced the lead character to adapt & surv [...]
Tried very hard to like this but ended up being under whelmed. In the first book I learnt about Hereward someone my history lessons failed to mention, but he was an early Robin Hood type using the geography of the Fens to attack the Norman invaders following the battle of Hastings. While on the subject of Mr Hood I should mention the excellent Angus Donald “Outlaw Chronicles” because while there are historical similarities, there is a difference in delivery. Angus Donald brings real characte [...]
OK, so this is the middle book of a trilogy. Hereward is in Ely, stirring up a rebellion against William the Conqueror, facing a few problems along the way, but generally growling and slaughtering his way through any tight spots. I found the narrative and dialogue a bit ponderous. The pace was very slow, and as other reviewers have said, it was very hard to like or care about the characters. In fact, I found it a little difficult to picture each character in my mind, they all seem to melt into o [...]
This is a 3.5 book for me.Very good points - really interesting study of a period in History I KNOW a lot about but have not read fiction about. It is the second in a series about Hereward and his followers in the East of England, fighting the evil Norman invasion.Depictions of historical characters are always great and in this book they are wonderful even if the historian in me wants to check the evidence!I enjoyed the threads running through particularly about the Norman treatment of women.Why [...]
A story with great potential handled in a very amateurish manner. Actually, the overall style of writing is pretty good but plots are, more often than not, unrealistic. Some of the battle scene descriptions are appallingly poor. There are many instances of beheading a standing enemy with a single stroke of the sword or axe. The hero is not even on horseback but standing at the same level as the victim whose head is lopped off so casually! OK, one and a half stars.
History well told. I stumbled onto this book and thought, well I like Bernard Cornwell perhaps I'll like this author. What a find. History well told, so good that I found myself opening the book, crawling into the story and not wanting to come out. I has never heard of Hereward and this period of English history was a blank to me. Not anymore. Can't wait for the further continuation of the story. Have fun, you won't be disappointed.
I wasn't too sure when I approached this book whether I would be able to make it through. I read the first book and struggled for the first few chapters before it caught my interest. I had no such problems with the sequel. My history knowledge is a little sketchy - especially this era - which allowed me to be enthralled by the tale that Wilde wove without having to worry if all of the historical information is correct. Another brilliant read.
how hard is it keep your people free, feed and alive? this is how hereward does it, keeping one step a head of king williams men, trusting ony his wife, his brother and his best friend and with seeds he has planted hardward must make all english united in their war against the bastard king even those who have taken the kings gold. but in the dark one will kill to get the power he once had as hardward family, friends and englands last hope of freedom are all at risk
an interesting book about a part of british history i knew nothing of, not that having any knowledge of the time is crucial as first and foremost this is an action adventure novel. on that level alone it is an ok read. the writing is solid rather than excellent. this book is the middle of a trilogy. while i liked it - i didn't like it enough to track down the other books to read.
Not bad, not particularly good, pretty staple fare really. The first volume wasn't particularly memorable and I didn't learn anything new here either.Read if you like Saxon/Norman/Dane fiction, avoid if you don't.
Enjoyable, yet sometime violent romp through medieval England. Wonderfully written with an intense pace that brings to life a fascinating time in English history. I will go back and read more of this series.