Monthly Archives: June 2018

Theodore Brun A Sacred Storm (2018)

Theodore Brun

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Theo is an established author and public speaker.​ At Cambridge, he studied Dark Age archaeology (amongst other things). After university he trained as a solicitor, qualifying into international arbitration law where he worked for several years, including for two Magic Circle firms. His career took him first to London, then to Moscow, Paris and finally

A Sacred Storm  (2018)
(The second book in the Viking Chronicles series)

book cover of A Sacred Storm

8th Century Sweden: Erlan Aurvandil, a Viking outlander, has pledged his sword to Sviggar Ivarsson, King of the Sveärs, and sworn enemy of the Danish king Harald Wartooth. But Wartooth, hungry for power, is stirring violence in the borderlands. As the fires of this ancient feud are reignited Erlan is bound by honour and oath to stand with King Sviggar.

But, unbeknownst to the old King his daughter, Princess Lilla, has fallen under Erlan’s spell. As the armies gather Erlan and Lilla must choose between their duty to Sviggar and their love for each other.

Blooded young, betrayed often, Erlan is no stranger to battle. And hidden in the shadows, there are always those determined to bring about the maelstrom of war..

Review

When i read the first book in this series A Mighty Dawn i admitted to having had initial reservations, but the book grew and drew me in. Sacred Storm however took hold of me from the first page, my only concern was its size a whopping 704 pages, its a hefty beast. But there isn’t a wasted sentence in the whole book

This is a book and series that crosses boundaries, On the one had we have the viking world told in all its visceral glory, not needing to go raiding elsewhere, but life, love and war in their lands, and on the other had we have blended in the myths that surround their lives, the superstition brought to life, which for me edges the book into both the Historical Fiction Genre and also the Fantasy Genre, it certainly stimulates my love of both genres.

Sacred storm takes the reader on turbulent ride following the rise and fall of the fortunes of Erlan Aurvandil, an outsider with no past, at least not one he wants to share.  By wits and skill of arms he has risen high in fortunes and favour with the Svear King Sviggar, and on his coat tails rides his friend (Kai) the Loki to his brooding warrior. Their world is due to endure a dramatic upheaval, machinations are at work, both political and mysterious, and the impact will be catastrophic, love will be gained and lost, wealth and power gained and lost, and ultimately the warp and weft of fate will be decided on the battlefield.

Where i enjoyed A Mighty Storm, i loved a Sacred Storm, it has all the elements you need in an epic tale of battle , love and power, and its told in a gripping energetic style, nothing mythological seems far fetched, just another explanation of haw the world turns, the authors love of the Viking period shines like polished hack silver from every line.

This is a truly wonderful story and it still has so much more to give, the fact that this is a book two clearly shows how much this author has to give both in story and talent, this is a series both genres need to get behind, Fantasy/ Myth and History  blended to perfection.

Highly recommended

(Parm)

Series
Viking Chronicles
1. A Mighty Dawn (2017)
2. A Sacred Storm (2018)
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C. C. Humphreys : Chasing the Wind: A Roxy Loewen Mystery (Review)

C. C. Humphreys

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys was born in Toronto and grew up in the UK. All four grandparents were actors and since his father was an actor as well, it was inevitable he would follow the bloodline. He has acted all over the world and appeared on stages ranging from London’s West End to Hollywood’s Twentieth Century Fox. Favorite roles have included Hamlet, Caleb the Gladiator in NBC’s Biblical-Roman epic mini-series, ‘AD – Anno Domini’, Clive Parnell in ‘Coronation Street’, and Jack Absolute in Sheridan’s ‘The Rivals’.

Chris has written ten historical novels. The first, ‘The French Executioner’ told the tale of the man who killed Anne Boleyn, was runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers 2002, and has been optioned for the screen. Its sequel was ‘Blood Ties’. Having played Jack Absolute, he stole the character and has written three books on this ‘007 of the 1770’s’ – ‘Jack Absolute’, ‘The Blooding of Jack Absolute’ and ‘Absolute Honour’- short listed for the 2007 Evergreen Prize by the Ontario Library Association, all currently being re-released in the US by Sourcebooks. His novel about the real Dracula, ‘Vlad, The Last Confession’ was a bestseller in Canada and his novel, ‘A Place Called Armageddon’ was recently published in Turkish. All have been published in the UK, Canada, the US and many have been translated in various languages including Russian, Italian, German, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Serbian, Turkish and Indonesian. His adult novel ‘Shakespeare’s Rebel’, about William Shakespeare’s fight choreographer at the time of ‘Hamlet’, was released in the UK in March 2013 and in Canada August 2011.

His most recent adult novels for Century in the UK and Doubleday in Canada are ‘Plague’ and ‘Fire’. Tales of religious fundamentalist serial killers set against the wild events of 1665 to 1666, London, ‘Plague’ won Canada’s Crime Writers’ Association Best Crime Novel Award, the Arthur Ellis in 2015. In the Summer of 2016, both novels spent five weeks in the Globe and Mail Top Ten Bestseller list.

He has also written a trilogy for young adults ‘The Runestone Saga’. A heady brew of Norse myth, runic magic, time travel and horror, the first book in the series ‘The Fetch’ was published in North America in July 2006, with the sequel, ‘Vendetta’ in August 2007 and the conclusion, ‘Possession’, August 2008. They are also published in Russia, Greece, Turkey and Indonesia. His Young Adult novel ‘The Hunt of the Unicorn’ was released by Knopf in North America in March 2011 and also published in Spain. A loose sequel, The ‘Hunt of the Dragon’, was published in Canada in Fall 2016.

Author in the role of Jack Absolute. Malvern 1987

Author in the role of Jack Absolute. Malvern 1987

His new novel is in the editing stage and has a working title of ‘Girl on a Zeppelin’. It tells of Roxy Loewen, a 1930’s Aviatrix, a tough and sassy flyer who steals art from under Hitler’s nose at the Berlin Olympics and ends up on the Hindenberg. Look for it in May 2018.

Chris lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, with his wife, son and his writing partner, Dickon the Cat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chasing The Wind

Chasing the Wind: A Roxy Loewen Mystery by [Humphreys, C. C.]

Review

I have to admit to being shocked when i heard that CC Humphreys , the author of such amazing books as Jack Absolute, Vlad, Shakespeare’s Rebel and many other books, was self publishing, but publishing is a funny old business.

What it does mean is that for once with a self pub purchase you the reader know you’re going to get wonderful polished writing.

Chasing the Wind was always going to be a bit of a departure in reading for me and im sure writing for the author, its a lot more modern, set just before WW2. But while its much more immediate in terms of history its also set in a time of huge peril, massive global changes and immense personal peril for so many, Fascism has risen its ugly head, persecution is rife, and ugliness and right wing agenda has come to the fore  (sound familiar). As a book its unwritten narrative has some sobering and scary parallels for the modern world.

But Chasing the wind, is also a book about Love, adventure, romance, action daring and female empowerment. Following the fall and rise of Roxy Loewen one of the 99’s, the international female pilots, including friends like Amelia Earhart, her fortunes take her across a war torn world, taking risks and pushing her flying skills to the maximum. Until a job lands in her lap, to help secure a lost work of art, to save it from the Nazis and raise funds to fight them. to do this she must fly into the lair of the beast all the while being stalked by the demons of her past.

Once again CC Humphreys has created a wonderful canvas and painted on it fantastic and very real characters, Roxy is both believable and funny and very engaging to read, yes at times there is a little of the Penelope Pitt stop about some of the scenes, but its fits with the plot, it fits with the adventure style of the book. There is a very boys own style to the adventure and action, and it works.

I had great fun with this book and this character and flew through the reading of the book, i really do recommend it, there are very few people who can write such wonderful characters.

Buy the book… total bargain at £4.50.

(Parm)

Series

French Executioner
1. The French Executioner (2002)
2. Blood Ties (2003)
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Jack Absolute
1. Jack Absolute (2003)
2. The Blooding of Jack Absolute (2004)
3. Absolute Honour (2006)
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Runestone Saga (as by Chris Humphreys)
1. The Fetch (2006)
2. Vendetta (2007)
3. Possession (2008)
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Roxy Loewen Mystery
Chasing the Wind (2018)
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Novels
Vlad (2008)
The Hunt of the Unicorn (2011)
A Place Called Armageddon (2011)
Shakespeare’s Rebel (2013)
Plague (2014)
The Curse of Anne Boleyn (2015)
Fire (2016)
The Hunt of the Dragon (2016)
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