Today I’m very happy to be bringing to you an opportunity to win a paperback copy of Tim Hodkinson’s Odin’s Game (The Whale Road Chronicles Book1)
Here’s the blurb.
Not everyone will survive, but who will conquer all in Odin’s game?
In the Orkney Isles, a young woman flees her home to save the life of her unborn child. Eighteen years later, a witch foretells that evil from her past is reaching out again to threaten her son.
Outlawed from his home in Iceland, Einar Unnsson is thrown on the mercy of his Uncle, the infamous Jarl Thorfinn ‘Skull Cleaver’ of Orkney. He joins forces with a Norse-Irish princess and a company of wolfskin-clad warriors to become a player in a deadly game for control of the Irish sea, where warriors are the pawns of kings and Jarls and the powerful are themselves mere game pieces on the tafl board of the Gods.
Together they embark on a quest where Einar must fight unimaginable foes, forge new friendships, and discover what it truly means to be a warrior. As the clouds of war gather, betrayal follows betrayal and Einar realises the only person he can really trust is himself.
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1 Winner will get 1 paperback of the book. The competition will end midnight on the 10th October and the winner will be announced via Twitter the following day. The winner will then be able to DM@AriesFiction to claim their prize!
Tim Hodkinson grew up in Northern Ireland where the rugged coast and call of the Atlantic ocean led to a lifelong fascination with Vikings and a degree in Medieval English and Old Norse Literature. Tim’s more recent writing heroes include Ben Kane, Giles Kristian, Bernard Cornwell, George R.R. Martin and Lee Child.
After several years in the USA, Tim has returned to Northern Ireland, where he lives with his wife and children.
Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Walls of Rome by Robert M. Kidd
Why not follow the tour?
Let’s get started! Oh and keep reading for a chance to win a copy of A Hostage of Rome (Book 3 in the series)
Here is the blurb –
Genre – Historical Fiction
218 BC. Sphax is seventeen and haunted by the brutal murder of his parents at the hands of Rome. After ten years of miserable slavery he will make his last bid for freedom and go in search of Hannibal’s army and his birthright. He will have his revenge on the stinking cesspit that is Rome!
Destiny will see him taken under the wing of Maharbal, Hannibal’s brilliant general, and groomed to lead the finest horsemen in the world – the feared Numidian cavalry that would become the scourge of Rome.
From the crossing of the great Rhodanus River, Sphax’s epic journey takes him through the lands of the Gaul to the highest pass in the Alps. This is the story of the most famous march in history. A march against impossible odds, against savage mountain Gauls, a brutal winter and Sphax’s own demons.
This is more than a struggle for empire. This is the last great war to save the beauty of the old world, the civilized world of Carthage, Greece and Gaul. The world of art and philosophy – before it is ground into dust by the upstart barbarity of Rome.
As the story starts we are introduced to Sphax, a slave to an unforgiving master. Sphax hasn’t had it easy, his family were murdered before his eyes and after ten years as a slave he’s had enough.
Sphax learns Hannibal’s army is marching on Room, now is his chance to make his bid for freedom and get revenge on those he deems responsible for his parents’ murder.
On his journey to freedom and vengeance, Sphax even has time to find a love interest in Fionn who was a character I very much enjoyed. She made Sphax open up a little and showed a different side to him which helped me believe his journey.
We soon get introduced to Hannibal, a man of varying moods…wow he’s brilliant though.
Sphax is then caught up in the war against Rome.. it’s what he wants more than anything.
Of course things don’t ever go to plan… there are clashes.. and lots of blood and guts spilt along the way.
I won’t spoil the ending but it was the perfect place to stop.. paving the way for the next instalment..Rome will shake!
I very much enjoyed Sphax and his journey, there is some interesting detail thrown in along the way… the locations, the animals, the style of fighting, it’s all there but presented in such a manner that the story progresses quickly.
I’d recommend to anyone who likes the genre but also new readers as it’s fast paced and not too heavy for a first time historical fiction reader.
My thanks go to the author, the publisher and Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the blog tour! I received an ARC of the book as part of the tour but I’ll be adding this to my purchased collection too 🙂
Author Bio – Robert M. Kidd
When Cato the Censor demanded that ‘Carthage must be destroyed,’ Rome did just that. In 146 BC, after a three year siege, Carthage was raised to the ground, its surviving citizens sold into slavery and the fields where this once magnificent city had stood, ploughed by oxen. Carthage was erased from history.
That’s why I’m a novelist on a mission! I want to set the historical record straight. Our entire history of Hannibal’s wars with Rome is nothing short of propaganda, written by Greeks and Romans for their Roman clients. It intrigues me that Hannibal took two Greek scholars and historians with him on campaign, yet their histories of Rome’s deadliest war have never seen the light of day.
My hero, Sphax the Numidian, tells a different story!
When I’m not waging war with my pen, I like to indulge my passion for travel and hill walking, and like my hero, I too love horses. I live in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
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Ok guys..today i bring to you a great chance to get your hands on a copy of the latest book from Robert Southworth!
Rob has very kindly offered up 2 copies!
For a chance to win 1 of these books either share this post on twitter or comment below. I’ll choose one person who tweets as well as one person who comments below to win.
Make sure i’m tagged in your tweet so i can see it 🙂
Open to UK residents, closing date is midnight Friday 18th March, winners drawn and announced on Saturday 19th.
If you want to remind yourself what the book is about then here’s the blurb –
Mary Kelly lies dead upon her bed… Her sorrowful eyes capture the agony of her fate. Anger, and fear walk side by side as the populace of London demand justice for the slain. William Harkness is a former officer of the 66th Regiment of Foot and he has entered the hunt. He will not bring a mad man to court, he is not tied by the laws of the land. William Harkness is the killer of killers, assassin of the evil…