Britain 455AD. The Roman Empire has fallen. As the daughter of a king and a priestess of the sacred grove, Anya’s life in Germania is one of wealth and privilege – until she dares to speak out against the high priest’s barbaric human sacrifices. Her punishment is exile. Forced to leave her homeland, she sails to Britannia, to an island that is sliding into chaos and war, as rival kingdoms vie for power. Alone and far from home, Anya must learn to survive amidst the bloodshed, treachery and intrigue of fifth century Britain. Can she find a place to belong – a home, a hearth, a welcome?
Review The Saxon Wolves by Fany Van Hemelen:
What a great historical novel set in the post roman time.
The Saxon Wolves is the next book of Penny Ingram.
Anya is a priestess and daughter of a Saxon king in Germania. She has a good and privileged life for this time, but when she disobeys the unhuman will of the high-priest, she is exiled to Britannia. She has to escort her mean half-brother Henghis and her other kinder brother Horsa.
The story has incredible twists and turns and Anya has quite an interesting and horrible journey. Apparently, she is chosen by the gods, but Henghis has his own cruel plans with her. She has to run away and start over again. On her path are good and bad people. Struggling to follow her destination, she has to be bold and leave the past. At her path, she met Irish pirates and at some time she crashed on an island and gets to know a complete other culture and their intriguing persons. Anya is part of the lives of other people’s and is trying to protect the good ones. Anya’s fate is complicated and she has to sacrifice a lot.
I loved the lively characters in this book, the history facts and the locations in it. The story is not a fast read, on the contrary the author took her time to unravel the adventures of Anya and the other players in this narration. The details in it and the thoughtful written style mixed with military conquest, love and betrayal make this a historical fiction book which you will love! The end was not a surprise for me and I am looking forward to the second book The Saxon Plague in this series.
Penny’s father, a journalist, instilled her with a love of history from an early age. Family holidays invariably included an invigorating walk up an Iron Age hill-fort whilst listening to his stirring stories of the Roman attack and the valiant defence by the Britons. Consequently, Penny has a degree in Classics and a passion for history and archaeology. She has enjoyed a varied career, including BBC production assistant, theatre PR and journalism, but her ambition was always to write historical fiction. Her first novel, The King’s Daughter, was awarded Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society. Penny has worked on many archaeological excavations, and these ‘digs’ and their evocative finds often provide the inspiration for her books. Penny’s research also takes her to the many spectacular historical sites featured in this novel, including Hadrian’s Wall and Tintagel.”
Titel: The Saxon Wolves | Leesfragment | Auteur: Penny Ingham | Uitgeverij: | Categorie: Fictie, historische romans | Uitvoering: E-book of paperback | 410 pagina’s | ISBN13: | Verkrijgbaar sinds:| Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 19-03-2019 | Prijs vanaf : $3.39 | Bestellen