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The Sword of Albion: The Sword of Albion Trilogy Book 1 (Sword of Albion Trilogy 1) Kindle Edition
1588: as the Spanish Armada prepares to sail, rumours abound of a doomsday device that, were it to fall into enemy hands, could destroy England and her bastard queen once and for all.
Enter Will Swyfte. He is one of Walsingham's new breed of spy and his swashbuckling exploits have made him famous. However Swyfte's public image is a façade, created to give the people of England a hero in their hour of need - and to deflect attention from his real role: fighting a secret war against a foe infinitely more devilish than Spain...
For millennia this unseen enemy has preyed upon humankind, treating honest folk as playthings to be hunted, taken and tormented. But now England is fighting back. Armed with little more than courage, their wits and an array of cunning gadgets created by sorcerer Dr Dee, Will and his colleagues must secure this mysterious device before it is too late. Theirs is a shadowy world of plot and counterplot, deception and betrayal, where no one - and nothing - is quite what they seem. At stake is the very survival of queen and country...
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1588: as the Spanish Armada prepares to sail, rumours abound of a doomsday device that, were it to fall into enemy hands, could destroy England and her bastard queen Elizabeth once and for all.
Enter Will Swyfte.
He is one of Walsingham's new breed of spy and his swashbuckling exploits have made him famous throughout Europe. But how can a man so celebrated be an effective secret agent? In truth, Swyfte's public image is a carefully nurtured facade to give the people of England a hero in their hour of need - and to deflect attention from his real role. For Will is at the forefront of a hidden war against an enemy infinitely more devilish than Spain...
For millennia the Faerie and its Unseelie Court have preyed upon human kind, treating honest folk as little more than playthings to be hunted, taken and tormented. But now England is fighting back. Armed with little more than courage, their wits and an array of cunning gadgets created by sorcerer Dr John Dee, Will and his colleagues must secure this mysterious weapon before it is too late.
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Theirs is a deadly game played out in a shadowy world of plot and counter-plot, deception and desolation, where no one - and nothing - is quite what they seem. At stake is the very survival of queen and country...
About the Author
A two-time winner of the British Fantasy Award, Mark Chadbourn was raised in the mining communities of South Derbyshire, and studied at Leeds University before becoming a journalist. Now a screenwriter for BBC TV drama, he has also run an independent record company, managed rock bands, worked on a production line and as an engineer's 'mate'.
Mark Chadbourn lives in a forest in the Midlands. To find out more about him and his writing, visit www.markchadbourn.net
- ASIN : B006N5AQ8W
- Publisher : Transworld Digital (31 January 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 1195 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 544 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 176,959 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is even a 'Q' like gadget inventor called 'Dee'(you see what he's done there)
It's great fun and I enjoyed it a lot though it is not without its... well I won't call them faults, because that seems churlish in such an 'out there' fantasy. We are talking about fighting the faerie Court after all. But certain things did jar a little. For example, sometimes the 'others' seemed invincible; moving underwater, making people vanish into thin air, turning them into scarecrows or making them mad with a word. Yet our hero Will Swifte seemed able to best any number of them by simply laying about them with his trusty rapier at any time. It is also incredibly far fetched, but then so is Bond.
I also thought it was about 100 pages too long with the final confrontation coming a scene too late for my interest levels.... But!! it was action packed. Had some cracking side characters and cleverly used actual history as a huge wave on which to ride the surfboard of fantasy!! (It's time for my medication)
Spanish Galleons, giant hounds, magic masks, evil faeries and more sword fights than Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks put together! It's breathless non stop fun all waiting for you between the pages of this book.
Don't read it if you want genuine history and don't read if you want sinuous and subtle!
Granted if you're a fan of the Age of Misrule, yes, it's going to be different. But it's easily as good as that series and has the plus side of having that dark, gothic feel to it. It would have made a great comic and an excellent film. It's been a real change to read something different from the usual and thank you Mr Chadbourne for giving us a hero who doesn't fall over and cry when the wind blows his hair! Will Swyfte is not a crispy shell of a man with a warm and melting inside, he's believable and flawed and kind of ruthless...
My only complaint is that personally I prefer a bit more blood and guts with my torture and would have loved to know just what happened in that Faerie house with those interesting implements of doom! But then I guess you can't have it all. Having said that I'm not on book two and book three is going straight to my Kindle. It is impossible to get enough of this chandelier swinging, sword fighting, fire dodging tale.