Lieutenant John Smith (Smithers) is sent on a mission which he knows very little about. Flying at night, he must pick up an agent behind enemy lines and get them to safety. The less he knows, it seems, the better. Dangerous, but not impossible. But the task of transporting the agent takes on a twist that Smithers couldn’t foresee and dangers he didn’t expect.
For those who like their medieval mysteries spiced with fantasy. The demon Bifrons has told Master Roger of a plot to take the King of Britain’s head. Roger is worried about the safety of his king: Richard II. Should Roger believe Bifrons, or is the wily demon trying to trick him? It is up to Roger’s assistant, Jake Savage, to see through the mystery of the demon’s divination.
Lieutenant John Smith was not a gentleman in the opinion of the pilots of 32 Squadron. He hadn’t attended public school and he was dashedly bad at cricket. But “Smithers” was going to prove his doubters wrong that day. Smithers Hits a Six is an anti-Biggles story for the modern reader. Like many real pilots he survives more on luck than judgement in the dangerous skies of the Western Front.
Jayden Woods thrusts the reader right into the action from the very start. I loved the gritty portrayal of Anglo-Saxon life and politics. This first Lost Tale of Mercia leaves you wanting to read more, and I think that's a testament to the strong characters that Jayden creates from the very beginning of the story, with lots of strong dialogue used to build the conflict between them. Like all good historical fiction this story also inspires curiosity into the historical setting itself.
A charming fantasy, based I think on Celtic myth. Don't expect sword and sorcery, but instead be seduced by the atmosphere of the setting and the depth of the characters who are rich in subtle and natural magic that no longer inhabits our world. I loved the way that this tale played with my expectations in particular. I doubt that you'll come across many dragons like the one in this story.