The Fall of Kings
(Legend of the Cid, Book 3)
By Stuart Rudge
Castile. 1071AD. Three kings. One crown.
After Sancho II of Castile dispatches his champion Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar to capture his brother, King Garcia of Galicia, he hopes it is a defining moment in his quest to reunite the lands of his father under one banner. But Alfonso VI of Leon is one step ahead, and has already added the lands of Galicia to his domain. When the only alternative is war, Sancho turns to Rodrigo to lead the armies of Castile, and he must use all his tactical acumen to defeat the Leonese in the field. Only one son of Fernando can claim victory and become the Emperor of Hispania.
Rodrigo and Antonio Perez, now a knight of the realm, find difficulty adjusting to the new regime. Dissent and unrest run rife throughout the kingdom, and the fear of a knife in the dark from enemies old and new hangs heavy upon the pair. But if it is allowed to fester, it threatens to undo all that has been achieved. Can Rodrigo and Antonio root out the enemies of the king, and prevent chaos reigning throughout the land?
The Fall of Kings is the breathtaking third instalment of the Legend of the Cid.
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Stuart Rudge was born and raised in Middlesbrough, where he still lives. His love of history came from his father and uncle, both avid readers of history, and his love of tabletop wargaming and strategy video games. He studied Ancient History and Archaeology at Newcastle University, and has spent his fair share of time in muddy trenches, digging up treasure at Bamburgh Castle.
He was worked in the retail sector and volunteered in museums, before working in York Minster, which he considered the perfect office. His love of writing blossomed within the historic walls, and he knew there were stories within which had to be told. Despite a move into the shipping and logistics sector (a far cry to what he hoped to ever do), his love of writing has only grown stronger.
Rise of a Champion is the first piece of work he has dared to share with the world. Before that came a novel about the Roman Republic and a Viking-themed fantasy series (which will likely never see the light of day, but served as good practise). He hopes to establish himself as a household name in the mound of Bernard Cornwell, Giles Kristian, Ben Kane and Matthew Harffy, amongst a host of his favourite writers.
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I couldn’t resist inviting Helen Hollick and Alison Morton to Author Chats together as they cruise through the blogosphere on a whistlestop tour promoting their new books – and new genres! Entertaining, funny, and never lost for words, this is an Author Chat to remember!
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I’m so delighted to say we have appointed Sanders Web Works to help us build out Project Archive – an incredible endeavour locating, documenting, curating and digitising 1000 years of Lydiard history. Here’s a link to the announcement, and look for regular updates as we bring this wonderful initiative to life.
The Danish King’s Enemy
(The Earls of Mercia)
By MJ Porter
Every story has a beginning.
Leofwine has convinced his king to finally face his enemies in battle and won a great victory, but in the meantime, events have spiralled out of control elsewhere.
With the death of Olaf Tryggvason of Norway, England has lost an ally, and Leofwine has gained an enemy. And not just any enemy. Swein is the king of Denmark, and he has powerful resources at his fingertips.
In a unique position with the king, Leofwine is either honoured or disrespected. Yet, it is to Leofwine that the king turns to when an audacious attack is launched against the king’s mother and his children. But Leofwine’s successes only bring him more under the scrutiny of King Swein of Denmark, and his own enemies at the king’s court.
With an increase in Raider attacks, it is to Leofwine that the king turns once more. However, the king has grown impatient with his ealdorman, blaming him for Swein’s close scrutiny of the whole of England. Can Leofwine win another victory for his king, or does he risk losing all that he’s gained?
The Danish King’s Enemy is the second book in the epic Earls of Mercia series charting the last century of Early England, as seen through the eyes of Ealdorman Leofwine, the father of Earl Leofric, later the Earl of Mercia, and ally of Lady Elfrida, England’s first queen.
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MJ Porter is an author of fantasy (Viking age/dragon-themed) and historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest), born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since AD1066.
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Today’s Author Chats features an intriguing glimpse into the shady London underworld — a terrifying assailant roaming the streets one hundred years before Jack the Ripper. Best-selling author Donna Scott shares her inspiration for writing such a dark and thrilling history, along with some of her literary pilgrimages and favourite authors. Come and join our fascinating chat!
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I’ve made all my short stories free, and you can download them from Amazon US, possibly other worldwide sites if Amazon cooperates, or my website. A little escape from reality, if just for a few minutes. Enjoy!
“When the man you love falls for the sister you hate, dinner in the Tower is the least of your problems, and war interrupts the path of true love.”
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Join me on Author Chats today where I interview MJ Porter and her fascinating world of pre-1066 historical fiction (with a dash of fantasy). She shares the joy and complexities of like-named characters–Swein, Svein, Sven and Swegn for starters– and how she learned not to agonize over first drafts.
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I’ve been looking forward to chatting with Pam for ages. We’ve seen each other online for several years, and I really enjoy her beautiful photographs of Ireland and her clever videos promoting her books. Her latest historical mystery, Footprints in the Sand, has Lucy travelling to explore Ancient Egypt, something the Victorians were fascinated with, as am I. And then, to top it all, Pam also loved the Secret Seven growing up – another Enid Blyton fan! Join us on Author Chats today.
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Kathryn Gauci, critically acclaimed author of The Carpet Weaver of Usak and The Embroiderer, among other great historical fiction novels, stops by Author Chats today to talk about her new release, The Secret of the Grand Hotel du Lac, and the extraordinarily detailed research she undertakes for her novels. Two and a half months in the French countryside, anyone?
Kathryn Gauci | New Release | The Secret of the Grand Hotel du Lac
So happy to invite Margaret Porter to tea and chat today, for it’s been a while since we were at the Historical Novel Society Conference in Maryland, and I love catching up and seeing what fascinating work she’s up to. On this visit, I’m excited to learn more about Margaret’s beautifully refreshed Islanders series set in London and the Isle of Man during the eighteenth century. Hop on over and find out more about this fascinating setting, Margaret’s literary pilgrimages and some of her favourite books.
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