The Serpent and The Eagle – Edward Rickford

Summary: This is a historical fiction novel, about the Spanish military campaign that destroyed the world of the Aztecs The novel, first in a trilogy, features the historic personalities, as well as numerous fictional ones. Hernan Cortes is there, on his ship Santa Maria de la Conception, as well as Montezuma in his glittering palace. … Continue reading The Serpent and The Eagle – Edward Rickford

An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears

Summary: This is a historical murder mystery novel, set in the Oxford England of the middle 17th Century, just after the Restoration of Charles II to the throne. The mystery plays out from four different narrative viewpoints, each narrator having their own chapter. The genesis is the murder of an Oxford Don, Dr Grove, in … Continue reading An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears

Pure – Andrew Miller

Summary: Paris. 1785. The final years before the revolution. A young engineer is given the job of clearing the old cemetery of Les Innocents of its current inhabitants, and then tear down the old church. Main Characters: Jean-Baptiste Baratte: The engineer charged with cleansing the over-flowing cemetery of Les Innocents, sited in the Les Halles … Continue reading Pure – Andrew Miller

New York 1609 – Harald Johnson

Summary: This novel tells the story of the birth of New York, from its early days in 1609 and the arrival of Henry Hudson on the river that now bears his name, to the emergence and consolidation of the Dutch in the late 1640’s. It is told, in the third person, primarily from the point … Continue reading New York 1609 – Harald Johnson

Merlin’s Secret – Malcolm John Baker

Summary: Set in modern day and King Arthur’s time, the novel is based around Robert Hunt, an average lad who travels back in time, and becomes Merlin. Main Characters: Robert Hunt: Dead-end job, no family to speak of, Robert is a directionless drifter, though good-hearted. Viviane: The Lady of the Lake in the Arthurian legend, … Continue reading Merlin’s Secret – Malcolm John Baker