I must begin by saying that, nowadays, I spend a lot of my time enjoying modern thrillers; oh, and the odd YS novel full of weeping teenagers who finally find love and then discover the hot boy’s a werewolf and wants to devour them. But I don’t spend much time curled up with an historical novel based on a skeleton discovered not far from Stonehenge and thought to be thousands of years old. But, here I am, laptop open, enjoying Michael E Wills’ superbly plotted story of that very man; how he lived, what he fought for, and the problems he battled to overcome.
This is a very atmospheric story, filled with interesting characters and plenty of plot twists. The author seems to know his historical setting well and wants the reader, like the characters, to be immersed in it. But, thankfully, not overly so; it’s never tedious, the author keeping a good balance between descriptive prose, character development and speech which is very much in keeping with the time of the story. I must also comment on the ending; it was very sad – although, in a way, it had to be – but it did bring the story to a satisfying end. There’s also a list of ‘Items in the Grave’ which I thought was interesting and helped me to understand what sparked this story.
So, who’s this book for? Well, I think you if you have an interest in how the world progressed from Stone Age to the age of metal, you will find this of interest. Also, if you enjoy historical novels with a twisting plot and larger than life characters, you’ll get a kick out of reading this. I have a hobby; I love doing up old cars and bringing them back to life. In a way, this is what this author’s done with this character. He’s brought him back to life, allowing him to live that little bit longer.
A job well done!