I highly recommend this book; it is a cracking fantasy thriller. Before the end of the first chapter I was hooked! It is a great book for anybody who is travelling as it will make the journey fly by!
In addition to the expert characterisation the book as a whole is exceptionally well-written. The plot is exciting complex and well-paced the setting is easily visualised.
There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book it was filled with a surprising amount of twists and turns with many battles.
I can’t wait for book 2 in the future because I have to find out how this one ends!
It is a book that will enchant you and you can’t put it down. It contains an action packed quest filled with suspense and lots of surprises on the way. It’s 800 pages of pure entertainment and would make a great movie or TV series.
The word hoplite (Greek: ὁπλίτης ) is the name for the type of shield the warriors used.
A purported group of fighting women are the legendary Amazons, Spartans recorded in Classical Greek mythology. Similarly, the Valkyrie are depicted in Norse mythology. During the Viking Age female warriors were called skjaldmær, or Shieldmaiden.
The shield maiden Lagertha from the Vikings T.V series inspired this ongoing saga – because it really did happen! White blonde Scandinavian eyes and blonde hair did not exist anywhere else on the planet during the Viking raids in the 700s. I can only imagine it must have given one pause. The same with the Greek Hoplite and Spartan women warriors – most likely causing their would be attackers a shocked demise.
Dark Fantasy, lust/love ( unrequited) for beautiful female warriors – and a 750 page long quest to complete!
With book two – three – ten! In the making (This is War – This will not end easily) The Shieldmaidens have never dealt with enemies of ancient lore in the past!
18-35 age group.
RPG game inspired, Vampires, Zombies = Undead ;that understand how to swing a sword and parry) – ‘Boy’s love books’ ‘Low Fantasy’ ‘Dark Fantasy’ category. – Media tie in of TV series and RPG games.
Vikings T.V series.
The Walking Dead T.V series.
Oblivion/Skyrim Elder Scrolls type games. Wow+!
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally gripping, once I started I couldn’t put it down. Easily rivals Game of Thrones. Looking forward to more material from this exciting new author. Recommended for all fantasy lovers.
4 July 2018