Troubador Wayland’s Revenge

Released: 28/08/2018

ISBN: 9781789013603

eISBN: 9781789010930

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Wayland’s Revenge


It’s 1647: a time of bitter civil wars in England. Wayland, the village blacksmith, returns from army service to find his wife, Rebecca, murdered and his son traumatised and struck dumb. Wayland’s overpowering desire for revenge is thwarted by the collapse of laws and a dearth of clues to her sadistic killer. Thwarted, that is, until the villagers ask him to investigate a runaway horse. Whilst searching for its rider, he discovers instead the body of a young boy, cut with symbols in the same way as Rebecca’s body had been. The clues abound and confuse with elements of witchcraft, religious hatred and the enmities of civil war.  

Wayland sets out on a perilous journey to find the killer, taking with him his son Jonathan and Alun, a canny Welsh baker. But just as they find their first suspect, they are trapped in the brutal Siege of Colchester, facing ever more dangerous challenges. Wayland, Alun and Jonathan must draw on all their strengths, devise new strategies and make agonising decisions, if they are to stay alive and find the real killer before he strikes again.

Wayland's Revenge: historical crime set in 1647: a time of bitter civil wars in England. Village blacksmith Wayland returns from pressed service in the army to find Rebecca, his wife, murdered, his son traumatised and struck dumb. He thirst for revenge - but is trapped in the vicious siege of Colchester, with his suspect.

This is a page-turning historical thriller which reflects the violence of the time in which it set: seventeenth century England. The author explores the breakdown of society in the aftermath of civil war and the struggle to re- establish relationships among the traumatised and alienated survivors. Against the background of the last great Royalist campaign before the execution of Charles Stuart the story follows a blacksmith seeking justice (or is it revenge?) for his wife’s vicious murder as he is swept up into the siege of Colchester, trying to survive and to help his son while tracking the murderer. The sinuous prose conveys the brutal atmosphere of the struggle and the attempt to re-assert the moral order admirably.

by Chris Hughes

Lesley Lodge

Lesley Lodge took her MA in Colchester. She now lives on a smallholding, bafflingly close to Luton, after working on regeneration projects and as a journalist.

Her other publications include the Luton Literary Prize winning Blues to Orange, and Lights! Camera! Gallop! The Story of the Horse in Film

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