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Swordland (The Invader Series Book 1) by [Butler, Ruadh]
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Length: 480 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Beneath the warhorses' hooves, a nation will fall.

A tale of war, death, lust, and scheming, set in the starkly beautiful landscapes of medieval Ireland and Wales.

Robert FitzStephen is a warrior down on his luck. Arrogant, cold, but a brilliant soldier, FitzStephen commands a castle – yet although his mother was a princess his father was a lowly steward. When a Welsh rebellion brings defeat and a crippling siege, his highborn comrades scorn him, betraying him to the enemy. A hostage of his cousin, Prince Rhys, FitzStephen is disgraced, seemingly doomed to a life of obscurity and shame.

Then King Diarmait arrives …

Diarmait is the ambitious overlord of an Irish kingdom. Forced to flee by the High King of Ireland, he seeks to reclaim his lands by any means possible – and that includes inviting the Normans in. With nothing left to lose – and perhaps a great deal to gain – FitzStephen agrees to lead the Irishman’s armies, and to drive Diarmait’s enemies from his kingdom. His price? Acceptance, perhaps … or perhaps a kingdom of his own?

Butler’s debut novel, Swordland is a powerful, impeccably researched story of medieval Celtic life, of the loves, losses, and hatreds of some of the most important figures in Irish and British history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1415 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (2 February 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T4IPSQU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 25 November 2015
By Andy Kober - Published on Amazon.com
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Good story loosely based on historic event. Good character development which stays true through story. Good descriptions of ancient weapons, how they worked, and injury/ damage they could cause. Easily recommend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable. A dark picture of Ireland. 23 February 2016
By carrollk - Published on Amazon.com
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About medieval Ireland. I read it all the way. Too many complicated Irish names. More gore than you can believe. It does keep your attention, if you can sort out the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swordland soars 26 November 2015
By wally weihe - Published on Amazon.com
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Great story line and characters. Thoroughly enjoyed the scoundrel who is the primary "hero" of the story. Will definitely get the rest for this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book leaves in depth description to the imaginationation of ... 10 June 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book leaves in depth description to the imaginationation of the reader while giving an ever changing engagement of the main character.
3.0 out of 5 stars How Ireland was made 28 October 2016
By D. Swetin - Published on Amazon.com
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A felt a bit of a timing gap in the story, which otherwise was interesting and surprising. I would have wanted to learn the fate of the main character, specifically how he settled in the new land and how he protected himself from those who came after him. The author mentioned early Norman settlers becoming more "Irish" that the Irish themselves. It would have been interesting to learn why and how.