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on Sep. 07, 2011 :
I loved this story of how an Anglo-Saxon farmer puts his life back together again after a Viking raid. The description of nature and the village as well as what happened to him are very evocative. You get a real sense of the time and also of the type of people and their concerns, and what their hopes are for the future. I recommend this for anyone who loves historical fiction.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 17, 2011 :
Thoroughly enjoyed this and was sorry when it finished as, despite buying it as a short story, I would have been very happy to have stayed with it for the long haul. I can only hope that the author decides to give Ulf and his fellow villagers a novel-length outing.
The story is set in southern Britain during the time of Viking raids. "Starlight" covers the aftermath of one such raid. I particularly liked the way the author used the language. The characters were not modern thinking people dressed up, and the narrative reflected this, giving a sense of claustrophobia. Highly recommended. I'm becoming a fan so I can keep an eye on Peter Orchard's future writing.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)