I'm an avid reader and enjoy alot of different subjects-Scotland being one of them, along with fantasy (as long as it's not too far out there), and all types of history.
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Smashwords book reviews by Alex Gordon
- The Clans Conflict
on July 26, 2011
As anyone who knows me will tell you: I love Scotland and her culture. This novel has it in aces!
When I started to read this book I found that I couldn't put it down; the fast pace of the adventure taking place kept me riveted to the screen. Although this book supposed to be a historical fantasy, it's really set in the future following a third world war. But don't let that put you off because it's not science fiction at all. Once you finish the prelude it's like you've stepped back in time to the European middle ages.
Based in the highlands of Scotland, the feuding clans come to life with rich characters that draw the reader into their world; some you'll love and some you'll hate, but many call forth an emotional response with their varying personalities. I know that I certainly empathized with Duncan MacSean in particular.
Rival clans band together as their leaders (chiefs) contend for the vacant throne of Scotland, and the warfare at times can be quite bloody and brutal.
I also applaude the author's attention to detail, especially with the geography in which the story unfolds ( I googled maps of Scotland and was pleased to find these details accurate).
There are only two things I'd suggest to his writing: 1. Add some valid females to the ongoing story so that more of an audience can relate, 2. Add a glossary so that those less knowledgeable about Scotland and Celtic myth will more easily understand some of the terms used and those background characters from that mythos.
I found The Clans Conflict a thoroughly good read and encourage others to give this 'undiscovered' author a shot, you won't regret it.
I've found that the author is busy writing the next installment of this ongoing trilogy- he has a website that offers a little about what we can expect in book two. Hopefully it's finished soon, as I'm interested to read what happens with the surviving characters.