It’s early 18th Century and piracy is all but eradicated. England, a cruel and prosperous nation, exerts its far-reaching influence throughout the world dipping its greedy fingers into other lands and making slaves out of free men.
Casper, a young naval man has seen through their treachery and has had enough. He embarks on a new career-piracy. Not long into his new life, his ship is destroyed and he and another boy, Fletch, are marooned on an unforgiving Island.
Patti Flinn brings us a fascinating foray into the complications of colour and gender in 18th Century France in ‘Veronique’s Journey’. This unique novella tracks the coming of age of a young black girl in a small town, who is buffeted by parental expectations and societal norms.
Authentically capturing a bygone era in which women were viewed as the prizes in a male game Strange Eden is a showdown between its style and story. Combining Giordano’s slick, high-tension writing with the values and sexual stereotyping of a bygone era whilst reminding us of love’s sometimes harrowing consequences in times past.
A rousing historical adventure and a delightfully confident novel from Isard who delivers a read packed with densely packed intrigue and chases The Guild of Salt and the King’s Messenger proves a powerful debut.
A bitter, bloody tour de force Chernov unflinchingly explores the random horror, grisly spectacle and the ugliness of war and ideology with a narrative that has an intoxicating, classic feel about it and instantly submerges its readers in the period.
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.
An interesting new take on the life of Saint Patrick and a praiseworthy release from Kinread The Missionary is more entertaining than Bible-adjacent stories are usually allowed to be and makes for a highly enjoyable read.
An enthralling and powerful evocation of time and place, character, moral choices, immoral certainties, human nature and fate with Sullivan creating an emotional eddy that draws you in from one page to the next.
With successive generations, it can be easy to lose track of the epic scope of World War I but in ‘Flights for Freedom’ Burgauer has given us a story that creates vivid images and emotions that are easy to grasp. And in doing so he helps us make sense of the horror to which his novel portends.
A daring, compelling, and impeccably researched historical novel that offers dramatic new insight into the life of the greatest composer the world has ever known. Its fresh perspective and deeply felt understanding of Beethoven’s motivations, passions, and challenges speak eloquently to us today, connecting us to our own successes, failures, and dreams, and ultimately to the true consequence of our lives.