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Ulf, a farmer in Anglo-Saxon England, starts a new life after a Viking raid. Short story.

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Words: 3,470
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458099129
About Peter Alan Orchard

Peter writes fiction set in the ancient and medieval worlds, including an adventure from the Trojan War ('The Painter of Lemnos') and two set in fifth-century BC Athens - 'A Pig in the Roses' (a mystery) and 'The House on Athene Street' (a children's adventure).

The Ulf of Leystoke short stories (so far 'Starlight', 'The Cross of St. Mary's' and 'The Morning Gift') feature an Anglo-Saxon farmer turned ironsmith in ninth-century England.

'Voices from the Past' is a collection of short stories set in periods from Bronze Age Greece to medieval England.

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Review by: Alt Hist Press 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)

Review by: Linda Acaster 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)

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