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No superheroes nor anything supernatural (thus far, at least.) Expect merely ordinary people - you and me, as it were - caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Plots are character-driven, and the characters themselves are complex and often contradictory.
I aim to appeal to the reader who has an ample sense of humor and an appreciation for irony. You can expect adventure and romance, but graphic violence and sex are at a minimum - think PG or PG-13 at most - and suitable for mature youths as well as adults.
on Aug. 05, 2016 :
unorthodox attempt to make the world a better place and unpredictable adventure.
I liked how the author presented the idea of time travel and life in the middle ages. I liked having numerous characters with their unique stories and POVs, I was especially interested in the mercenaries POVs and in knowing what's their take on leaving their lives behind and plunging into a huge battle.There was the suspense of waiting for the mercenaries to come back from the battlefield and the fear for the life of your favorite character. then there was the challenge of surviving in a community has little to offer. The ending was somewhat a tearjerker, but very satisfying. Very well written saga and highly recommended read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 09, 2015 :
I read through the first three books of this series over the weekend after finding a link on a blog about alternate history stories that feature something other than the Confederacy winning the American Civil War or the Third Reich winning the Second World War. The basic premise is an attempt by a small group of Americans and British to change the outcome of the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
The quality of the writing from a strictly literary standpoint seemed to improve as the series progresses. The author bio says something along the lines of "third-rate writer trying to be second-rate" and I definitely think the author (or the editing) is getting better. The descriptions of the Battle of Hastings in the second book are well done. However, the series suffers from too many POV characters and the occasional important plot point happening outside the narrative and being referred to after the fact. Also, there seems to be, at least in the first three books, little or no contact with the higher levels of the Saxon aristocracy. I didn't expect the leader of the out-timers to sit down with King Harold but it seems odd that no one comes to collect the King's taxes or require an oath of this new Eorl or to require his attendance at some function or event. Once William of Normandy is defeated and sent packing, the out-times settle down in their rented town and deal with the locals who resent their strange ways and attempts to bring in new technologies and practices. I look forward to the next book in the series just to see what happens.
(reviewed the day of purchase)