Thursday, 29 January 2015

Saxon's Bane by Geoffrey Gudgion

Reviewer: JD Smith, author of historical fiction

What We Thought: Gudgion classes himself as a writer of contemporary fiction grounded in the past, and this book is certainly that. Opening with a car crash near the village of Allingley, Fergus Sheppard begins a journey of self-discovery and insight into the past as he's targeted for human sacrifice.

As Fergus comes to terms with and relives the events of the car accident, archaeologist Clare Harvey discovers the body of a peat-preserved Saxon Warrior and the skeleton of a female nearby. She surmises the warrior has been ritually killed, and at night she's having nightmares, reliving the days of the Saxons and their story. 

It's no surprise that Fergus' accident and the discovering of the Saxon warrior and linked. And as the festival of Beltane approaches, not everyone in the village of Allingley are as friendly as local girl Eadlin.

Although there's not as much past as there is present for my tastes, you cannot  help but become sucked into the world steeped in history and events which echo across the years. There's a little bit of everything, from action to love, accompanied by an obvious passion for horses.  

You’ll enjoy this if you like: time-slip novels, Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, horse-riding

Avoid if you dislike: 100% historical fiction, ritual sacrifice, quiet English villages

Ideal accompaniments: a pint of Hobgoblin, scampi fries, a warm blanket

Genre: time-slip, historical, contemporary

Available from Amazon

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