Troubador Angles or Angels?

Released: 28/07/2019

ISBN: 9781789018400

Format: Paperback

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Angles or Angels?

To unite a kingdom, a family will be divided forever


Late 6th century Britain. 

Regional kingdoms are engaged in a ruthless struggle for supremacy. To the south, Saxon kings predominate but, in the north, British leaders are combining in a final effort to overthrow their two Angle rivals in Deira and Bernicia. To survive, the Angle warlords must put aside their ancient rivalry. 

Acha, daughter of one king is chosen to act as ‘peace-weaver’ by marrying the rival leader. But when her intended husband kills her father and disinherits her young brother, she has to choose between her lover, her family and her duty to the wider kin. 

Against a backdrop of military campaigns that decide the shape of northern Britain, this story follows the personal tragedies that force siblings into rival camps. The outcome may be a united kingdom but families will be divided forever.

Five star reviews on Amazon!
"Keeps you up late
Only David Stokes could turn a story about a 97 year old man into such a thrilling, keep you on your toes love story/ crime investigation. He excels himself by subtly educating on a serious subject through a fun adventure with a wonderful leading character and his dead wife as his side kick. I will be recommending this book to everyone- I don't usually have time to read much but this kept me staying up late."

I loved the characters, their relationships, the storyline (including who is on which “side”), and the serious context,
A slow burner at the beginning, the book picks up pace rapidly and I couldn’t put it down at the end.
The “Talking to Betty " idea works brilliantly as a vehicle for exposition, character setting and light relief.
This is not my usual genre but this book and "The hundred year old man who climbed out of the window ..." have opened my eyes to a gentler style of story telling. I am not yet Harry's age but I truly felt the frailty of his age.

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David Stokes

David Stokes is an Emeritus Professor and a Company Director. He has published widely in non-fiction during his career as an academic, including one business title which has been available for 25 years and is in its 7th edition. This novel was inspired by the life of David’s father, an RAF war veteran who died aged 102, although, he is keen point out, this story is entirely fictional. David lives in Guildford, Surrey.

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