Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

Arena by Simon Scarrow and T.J. Andrews – Book Review [Bane of Kings]


Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, writes a review of Arena by Simon Scarrow, published by Headline Books in the UK, a historical fiction novel that is composed of five individually released eNovellas.

“An awesome read that fans of Simon Scarrow’s previous works and the movie Gladiator should enjoy - Arena reminds readers why Simon Scarrow is right up there with the likes of  Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell for the best writers of historical fiction. This comes highly recommended.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Hereward: End of Days by James Wilde – Book Review [Bane of Kings]

Hereward End of Days

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings” reviews the third entry in the historical fiction saga Herward, written by James Wilde, and published by Bantam Press.

“An excellent third entry in the Herward saga that promises to be satisfying, epic, and unputdownable – making it  a must for fans of Historical Fiction.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Comics Round-up 01.07.2013

Immortal Iron Fist Volume 1

Shadowhawk and Bane of Kings welcome you to the first comics round-up for July.

“My first experience with Greg Rucka proves to be a smash hit as he tells a really focused story about the most famous X-Men team member ever. Scott Beatty’s The Last Phantom is flawed but still tells quite a story. Geoff Johns concludes the Throne of Atlantis crossover and instantly launches into an even better series event with King of Atlantis which is full of startling revelations. Scott Snyder’s Batman progresses after the epic Death of the Family crossover with a small-focus 2-parter with a classic Batman villain and then launches into the series event Year Zero which is one of the best stories in the series to date. “~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Astonishing X-Men is a series that all X-fans should read, and The Immortal Iron Fist is another classic. ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

The Scarlet Thief by Paul Fraser Collard – Advance Review [Bane of Kings]

The Scarlet Thief

Bane of Kings reviews Paul Fraser Collard’s first historical fiction novel, The Scarlet Thief, published by Headline Books, due for publishing on 9 May 2013, and is the first in the new Jack Lark series. 

“A great read with an interesting take on the Crimean War, with  some excellent writing. If you loved Bernard Cornwell, then you’ll love this.” ~The Founding Fields

Archer and Armstrong Vol.1 by Fred van Lente – Graphic Novel Review [Shadowhawk]

02 Archer Armstrong Vol. 1

Shadowhawk reviews the first volume of the rebooted Archer and Armstrong series from Valiant Comics.

“A surprise hit full of uniqueness and modern-day relevance to religious politics, this is an absolute must read because of its mythic storyline reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie and a duo of awesome, misfit characters.” ~The Founding Fields

Ack-Ack-Macaque by Gareth Powell – Book Review [Shadowhawk]


Shadowhawk reviews the latest from Gareth Powell as he tackles the madcap adventures of a cigar-chomping monkey.

“Too much damn good fun, and far too irresistible of a read.” ~Shadowhawk

The Grail Quest: 1356 by Bernard Cornwell – Book Review [Bane of Kings]


Bane of Kings writes a review on the fourth novel (although it can be read as a standalone, like I did) in the Grail Quest series written by historical fiction supremo Bernard Cornwell, 1356, published by Harper Collins in the UK.

“A bloody, brilliant book that can be enjoyed by anyone. My favourite historical fiction author writes another strong entry in a great setting and delivers a great read that was one of my favourite novels of 2012.” ~The Founding Fields

Comics Round-up 01.01.2013

Thor God of Thunder 2

Shadowhawk and Bane of Kings bring to you the first comics round-up for the new year.

“An experience of extremes.” ~Shadowhawk

The last batch of comics that I read in 2012 have been (mostly) fantastic, setting 2013 up to be a great year. ~Bane of Kings

Releasing Tomorrow: Ack-Ack-Macaque 2000AD Strip by Gareth Powell


Gareth L. Powell’s latest novel from publisher Solaris Books, Ack-Ack-Macaque, launches tomorrow at Forbidden Planet in London (on 179 Shaftesbury Avenue; 6.00-7.00 pm UTC). Coinciding with the release of the book is a comic strip for the popular 2000AD monthly magazine, a prequel titled “Indestructible“. Prog 2013 is an end-of-the-year 100-page bumper issue, so it’s even more of an awesome thing than it normally would be. The novel itself is one I’m looking forward to reading and this comic is just gravy for that! I think it’s about time that I got around to reading some Gareth Powell. The previews of the comic I’ve read are definitely ace! Click after the break to see what you can find in the comic strip.

Comics Round-up 01.12.2012


Shadowhawk and Bane of Kings bring you more comics reviews, covering everything from DC’s New 52 to Marvel’s relaunch of its lineup with Marvel Now!, IDW Publishing to Dynamite Entertainment, in the first round-up installment for December.

“This has been a month of highs and lows, but I’m still having fun!” ~Shadowhawk

“Marvel Now! Gets off to a positive start, The New 52 continues to impress and Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are on fine form.” ~Bane of Kings

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