Troubador Wayland's Revenge

Released: 28/08/2018

ISBN: 9781789013603

eISBN: 9781789010930

Format: Paperback/eBook

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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.

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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

Historical fiction with mystery, thrills and romance. English civil war, religious strife, a serial killer, real heroes , witch hunters and their victims. Characters so real and scenes so well described it was if you were watching everything unfold. Well told story with focus on real historical details and not on excess sex or gore. I look forward to reading this authors next book. Thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for making this book available to me.

by Jane Ward

This was a really good mystery set in the 1600's. I loved the historical accuracy and the characters.

by Felicia Allen (via NetGalley)

I am a huge history buff but have never really gotten into the history of England. That being said, after reading this book, it makes me want to learn more about it. It drew me in from the very beginning and didn't let go until the end. I loved this book. It was exciting and never lost my interest. It was the perfect blend of genres. I definitely recommend it.

by Laurie Cory

I love historical fiction and 'Wayland's Revenge' is one of the best that i have read for a while. It's a very well written book that has a touch of mystery, romance, witch hunters and more. It is the first time that i have read a book by this author and hope to read more. Highly recommended.

by Jeanette Styles (via Netgalley)

Historical fiction isn't my usual read and I didn't know what to expect with Wayland's Revenge but after the first chapter or so I was totally engrossed. The narrative is fast moving and one is emotionally drawn to the characters especially the bereaved Wayland and his traumatised son. Teaming up with his friend, Alun a Welsh Baker, Wayland and his son set off on a quest to find his dead wife's murderer only to end up trapped in the Siege of Colchester where their own lives are threatened.
The period seems well researched and authentic (I'm not an historian), characters are well developed and pace is perfectly pitched.
Highly recommended

by Anne Coates

Having read Wayland's Revenge I would like to recommend it . The book is a well written and intriguing set against the background of The English Civil War . The writing is particularly strong on " cinematic" imagery , so much so that it has the atmosphere of an English Western .

The author should also be praised for the historical research that has gone into the work . The English Civil War is a somewhat neglected event in popular culture and The Siege of Colchester in particular, much of the events of the book take place during the siege and the detailed account this reader found to be illuminating and fascinating .

Anybody reading this book will enjoy a good story and gain insight into a neglected historical event .

by Kevin Lowe

Stumbled across this and was intrigued by the cover. Bought it on a whim and am very happy with that decision. Instantly drawn in to the story by *spoiler* which certainly gives the story it's thriller angle with a true to history approach that runs throughout.

by Catherine

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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