Whilst there is undoubted value in considering historical context, not least because past forces, individuals and trends both shape the present and provide valuable lessons for our future decisions, is historical fiction of any value?
Beginning with the marriage of Erc of Dalriada to his first wife Marca at the age of fifteen and covering the period up until his death in 474AD, Strittmatter gives us a rousing historical novel and a fine example of what can happen when good writing and extensive research come together.
One of those rare novels that catch you up in something bigger than yourself, namely, an archetypal desire to enjoy a powerful escapist read, Gods In The Ruins proves a powerful start to E. R. Barr’s Vatican Archives series. A viscerally effective supernatural thriller that is by turns atmospheric, eerie, evocative and above all ensures readers are always curious about what comes next!
Percy Hope’s come a long way since the summer of 1898 when he first set foot in the goldfields of the Alaskan wilderness and Neil Perry Gordon’s final release in his ‘Goldfield Trilogy’ builds on the strength of previously released novels Hope City and Cape Nome.