Published: 01/08/2012
ISBN: 9781780882178
eISBN: 9781780888231
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The Moon Worshippers
by Aitor Echevarria

I shall tell you how a young Negusi warrior made it possible for us to defeat Charlemagne, and the part he played against the Sisters of the Moon...’

These are the dying words uttered by a Basque warrior, poisoned and dumped at the doorway to a Benedictine Monastery high in the Pyrenees. The frightened monks understand from these words that the warrior has deep knowledge of one of their closest secrets...

The deathbed confession of the warrior continues in a series of flashbacks as he reveals more about the mountain ambush the Basque tribes set for Charlemagne, King of the Franks, as he returned from an unsuccessful invasion of Spain. The monks learn of the power of the Negusi – and of the heroism of a young Basque boy and his wolf dog, without whom the defeat of Charlemagne would have not been possible.

This historical adventure story for young adults brings the 7th century vividly to life and captures both the spirit of the Basque people and the history behind the rule of the Emperor Charlemagne, one of the greatest military leaders of the Middle Ages.

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"The Moon Worshippers" is, by any standard, a cracking read. If you like a well-spun yarn full of excitement and mystery, you'll enjoy reading this. The characters are well-drawn, and enlist your sympathy or your hatred as the tale unfolds. The scenes and settings are immediately clear to your mind's eye. What I particularly enjoyed was the manner in which the author wove his story, his characters and their faiths and conflicts into an utterly convincing historical background. I knew next to nothing of the history of this period, or of the geographical areas which feature - but I soon was enabled to rattle on with the story. There is no dry dustiness here, but factual detail on a sweeping scale from domestic to continental is winningly conveyed. As a child I used to devour the novels of Rosemary Sutcliffe. I've recently revisited two or three of them, and wasn't disappointed. They were as exciting and involving as I recalled. "The Moon Worshippers" can hold its own in such exalted company, and will stand the comparison.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 4

Oct 2012
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This review is for: The Moon Worshippers (Paperback)
What a brilliant read along the lines of Tolkien but with an amazing amount of accurate historical and geographical detail. It really gets into the passion and nature of the Basque people and their country. Such an amazing atmosphere is evoked and draws you to share in a wide range of emotions for the central characters both two legged and four!! It leaves you wanting more and very hopeful that the author will oblige. It would make an excellent film.

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