Today I’m going to be reviewing An English Revenge by Gabriel Stein. The author contacted me to see if I was willing to review his work and I gladly bought a copy via Amazon.
Here’s the blurb –
Genre – Historical Fiction
Pages – 475 pages
Rating – 4/5 Stars
The greatest battle lies within…
England is at war.
Edmund has fought the Normans all his life. First at Hastings, then in uprisings against William the Conqueror.
But as the rebellions fail, Edmund leaves England and eventually travels to Constantinople, where he joins the Byzantine Emperor’s elite Varangian Guard.
Yet Edmund is at war with himself too, torn between his new life and his dreams of revenge against the Normans – of leading an army of battle-hardened Englishmen back home to restore an English King.
Before fighting the Normans in his homeland however Edmund must defeat his enemy on the blood-soaked lands of Greece.
Edmund is a soldier. And a soldier must fight.
But not all will go according to plan. War – and revenge – always exacts a price.
The tale follows Edmund a solider who has fought battles but has many more to come.
After the defeat at Hastings and the Norman’s tighten their rule Edmund finds himself drafted to Constantinople to join the Byzantine Emperor’s guard. England may have lost the will to fight but Edmund hasn’t.
An English Revenge is the authors first novel and I was surprised just how extensive the plot is.
There’s a lot going on in this tale as the Emperor has many enemies so at times It was a little hard to remember who was who when the author set the scene but as soon as we get to the juicy action I couldn’t find fault.
The pace jumps around a bit but with a plot like this one it was expected and quite easy to follow.
I enjoyed the overall plot, the characters were likable and interesting and the more I read the more I was sucked in.
Ultimately Edmund’s goal is to come back to England and rid the country of the Normans but along the way he changes..grows and while he still wants to go home you can see he’s got some inner turmoil brewing.
Edmund has found not only a place to live but also someone to love and as he starts to form some friendships you can see him slowly start to accept his lot in life.
Overall a cracking read which is well worth reading.