If you've read my novel The Druid you'll remember the hero Bellicus riding through a place called Dun Tochair. There was once a Roman fortlet there, along the Antonine Wall between Old Kilpatrick and Castlehill in Bearsden (I posted a short blog about that one HERE). Here's an extract from the novel: So the druid... Continue Reading →
I recently appeared on a brand new podcast all about Robin Hood, called INTO THE GREENWOOD. We chatted about my writing, research, and the new video game Hood - Outlaws and Legends which I wrote for. It was a lot of fun and I think makes for an entertaining and even amusing listen! Check it... Continue Reading →
“It’s fresh and fun, thrilling and brutal all in one.”
First review for Sworn to God, check it out and see what you think!
So David’s Book Blurg has been absent of late. 2020 has been a tough year for us all and like many I’ve had my own share of personal events to deal with. While real life takes priority I’ve still been reading and I’m excited to get back to reviewing and sharing my thoughts with everyone.
I’m coming back with a bang!
Today I’m going to be reviewing Sworn to God by Steven A. McKay.
Here is the blurb –
Genre – Historical Thriller
Yorkshire, AD 1329
A new religious group moves into an abandoned church just north of the village of Altofts, but when men start dying under strange and suspicious circumstances the local bailiff decides to investigate.
The Disciples of God and their charismatic leader, Lady Alice de Staynton, appear truly holy, but something sinister seems to be going on within the walls of the newly refurbished St Joseph’s…
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“an incredibly moving story” – 5 stars! Check out this new review of LUCIA on Endo The Road blog. 🙂
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: Broadsword Publishing
Pub date: 23 October 2020
What makes life worth living for a slave of Rome? The promise of vengeance, no matter how long it takes!
At eight years old, Lucia is torn from the life she knew. Her village burned to the ground and parents murdered by Romans, she is kidnapped, sold and shipped abroad to the Villa Tempestatis in Britannia to serve the young Roman army officer Castus.
Faced with a bleak future of decades of servitude to her master, as well as sadistic brutality at the hands of his manageress, Paltucca, she finds herself fixated by one thought alone: vengeance.
Yet Villa Tempestatis, with its picturesque surroundings in Britannia’s green countryside, offers a life that’s a little easier than elsewhere in the Roman empire. The slaves form strong bonds of love and friendship, enjoy feasts and holiday celebrations together, and…
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“this series just keeps getting better” – Check out Hoover Book Reviews thoughts on The Northern Throne!
Bellicus the Druid and his friend Duro, a former Roman centurion, have suffered a great deal in recent years but, for them, things are about to get much worse.
Britain is changing. The Romans have gone and warriors from many different places seek to fill the void the legions left behind. In the south, the Saxons’ expansion seems unstoppable despite the efforts of the warlord Arthur, while north of Hadrian’s Wall various kings and chieftains are always looking to extend their borders.
In Dun Breatann, capital of Alt Clota, Bellicus believes the disparate tribes must put aside their differences, become allies, and face the Saxon threat together, under one High King. Or High Queen…
Small-minded men do not always look at the bigger picture though, and when Bellicus and Duro seek to form a pact with an old enemy events take a shocking…
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I was sent a message on Facebook the other day by one of my readers (thanks Simon), telling me he'd been out walking in Hertfordshire and mentioning "Jack O Legs" and Little John. I was confused. What the hell was a Jack O Legs? Was it just a random auto-correct, changing normal, recognizable words into... Continue Reading →