Book Reviews

Douglas Jackson, Festival of History 2011 (Photo by Kate Atherton)

Historical Fiction
Science Fiction
Thrillers
Young Adult
Fantasy and Alternate History
Horror
Literary Fiction
Non fiction
Features and Interviews

Historical Fiction
Greek and ancient world
Tim Leach – The Last King of Lydia
Tom Harper – The Orpheus Descent
Christian Cameron – God of War: The Epic Story of Alexander the Great

Roman
Anthony Riches – Empire I: Wounds of Honour
Anthony Riches – Empire II: Arrows of Fury
Anthony Riches – Empire III: Fortress of Spears
Anthony Riches – Empire IV: The Leopard Sword
Anthony Riches – Empire V: The Wolf’s Gold
Anthony Riches – Empire VI: The Eagle’s Vengeance
Anthony Riches – Empire VII: The Emperor’s Knives
Ben Kane – Hannibal: Enemy of Rome
Ben Kane – Hannibal: Fields of Blood
Ben Kane – Hannibal: Clouds of War
Ben Kane – Spartacus
Ben Kane – Spartacus: Rebellion
Bruce Macbain – Roman Games
Bruce Macbain – The Bull Slayer
Conn Iggulden – The Blood of Gods (Emperor 5)
David Gibbins – Rome Total War: Destroy Carthage
David Wishart – Solid Citizens
Douglas Jackson – Caligula
Douglas Jackson – Claudius
Douglas Jackson – Defender of Rome
Douglas Jackson – Avenger of Rome
Douglas Jackson – Sword of Rome
Harry Sidebottom – Warrior of Rome I: Fire in the East
Harry Sidebottom – Iron and Rust
Henry Venmore-Rowland – The Last Caesar
Henry Venmore-Rowland – The Sword and the Throne
Lindsey Davis – Enemies at Rome
M.C. Scott – Rome: The Emperor’s Spy
M.C. Scott – Rome: The Coming of the King
M.C. Scott – Rome: The Eagle of the Twelfth
M.C. Scott – Rome: The Art of War
Nick Brown – Agent of Rome I: The Siege
Nick Brown – Agent of Rome II: The Imperial Banner
Nick Brown – Agent of Rome III: The Far Shore
Nick Brown – Agent of Rome IV: The Black Stone
Richard Blake – The Ghosts of Athens
Robert Fabbri – Vespasian I: Tribune of Rome
Robert Fabbri – Vespasian II: Rome’s Executioner
Robert Fabbri – Vespasian III: False God of Rome
Robert Fabbri – Vespasian IV: Rome’s Fallen Eagle
Robert Fabbri – Vespasian V: Masters of Rome
Rosemary Rowe – Dark Omens
Ruth Downie – Semper Fidelis
S.J.A. Turney – Marius’ Mules I: The Invasion of Gaul
S.J.A. Turney – Marius’ Mules II: The Belgae
Simon Scarrow – The Blood Crows

Viking and Medieval
Giles Kristian – God of Vengeance
Giles Kristian – Raven: Blood Eye; Raven: Sons of Thunder; Raven: Odin’s Wolves
Patricia Bracewell – Shadow on the Crown
Three Thrones- One Throne by Michael Wills
James Aitcheson – Sworn Sword
James Aitcheson – The Splintered Kingdom
James Aitcheson – Knights of the Hawk
Robert Lyndon – Hawk Quest
Robert Lyndon – Imperial Fire
Elizabeth Chadwick – Lady of the English
Elizabeth Chadwick – The Summer Queen
Elizabeth Chadwick – The Greatest Knight
Elizabeth Chadwick – The Scarlet Lion
Angus Donald – Outlaw
Angus Donald – Holy Warrior
Angus Donald – King’s Man
Angus Donald – Warlord
Angus Donald – Grail Knight
Angus Donald – The Iron Castle
Sharon Penman – Lionheart
Sharon Penman – A King’s Ransom
Mark Alder – Son of the Morning
David Gilman – Master of War
Robyn Young – Insurrection II: Renegade
Robyn Young – Insurrection III: Kingdom
Joanna Hickson – The Agincourt Bride
Joanna Hickson – The Tudor Bride
Kimberly Cutter – The Maid
Livi Michael – Succession
Conn Iggulden – Stormbird (Wars of the Roses I)
Toby Clements – Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims
C.W. Gortner – The Queen’s Vow

Tudor and English Civil War
The English Monster by Lloyd Shepherd
Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
Paul Doherty – The Last of Days
Elizabeth Fremantle – Queen’s Gambit
Elizabeth Fremantle – Sisters of Treason
Christopher Gortner – The Tudor Conspiracy
Matthew Reilly – The Tournament
Victoria Lamb – His Dark Lady
Giles Kristian – The Bleeding Land
Giles Kristian – Brothers’ Fury
Michael Arnold – Stryker Chronicles I: Traitor’s Blood
Michael Arnold – Stryker Chronicles II: Devil’s Charge
Michael Arnold – Stryker Chronicles III: Hunter’s Rage
Michael Arnold – Stryker Chronicles IV: Assassin’s Reign
Michael Arnold – Stryker Chronicles V: Warlord’s Gold
Robert Wilton – Treason’s Field
Katherine Clements – The Crimson Ribbon
Antonia Senior – Treason’s Daughter
Andrew Swanton – The King’s Return
C.C. Humphreys – Plague

More recent past
James McGee – Rebellion
William Dietrich – Napoleon’s Pyramids
Lloyd Shepherd – The English Monster
Lloyd Shepherd – The Poisoned Island
Lynn Shepherd – A Treacherous Likeness
Andrew Hughes – The Convictions of John Delahunt
D.E. Meredith – Devoured (A Hatton and Roumande Mystery)
D.E. Meredith – The Devil’s Ribbon (A Hatton and Roumande Mystery)
Paul Fraser Collard – The Scarlet Thief
Paul Fraser Collard – The Maharajah’s General
Timothy L O’Brien – The Lincoln Conspiracy
David Gibbins – Pharaoh
Kenneth Cameron – Winter at Death’s Hotel
Alex Scarrow – The Candle Man
Robert Harris – An Officer and a Spy
Imogen Robertson – The Paris Winter
Sangeeta Bhargava – The World Beyond
Richard Pierce – Dead Men
Charlotte Rogan – The Lifeboat
Robert Wilton – The Spider of Sarajevo
Kate Williams – The Storms of War
Elizabeth Speller – At Break of Day
Anna Hope – Wake
Robert Goddard – The Ways of the World (The Wide World 1)
Robert Goddard – The Corners of the Globe (The Wide World 2)
Elizabeth Speller – The Return of John Emmett
Elizabeth Speller – The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton
ML Stedman – The Light Between Oceans
Kim Fay – The Map of Lost Memories
Dan Simmons – The Abominable
Susanna Jones – When Nights Were Cold
Michelle Paver – Dark Matter
Mark Mills – House of the Hanged
Kate Atkinson – Life After Life
Ken Follett – Winter of the World
Ben Elton – Two Brothers
Laurent Binet – HHhH
Kate Morton – The Secret Keeper
C.J. Sansom – Dominion
D.J. Taylor – The Windsor Faction

Science Fiction
Adam Christopher – The Burning Dark
Alastair Reynolds – Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon’s Children 1)
Alastair Reynolds – On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon’s Children 2)
Alastair Reynolds – Revelation Space
Alastair Reynolds – Redemption Ark
Alastair Reynolds – Pushing Ice
Andreas Christensen – Exodus
Andy Weir – The Martian
Ann Leckie – Ancillary Justice
Arthur C. Clarke – The Songs of Distant Earth
Arthur C. Clarke – Rendezvous with Rama
Arthur C. Clarke – Childhood’s End
Arthur C. Clarke – A Fall of Moondust
Arthur C. Clarke – The City and the Stars
Arthur C. Clarke – The Hammer of God
Arthur C. Clarke – The Sands of Mars
Arthur C. Clarke – The Fountains of Paradise
Arthur C. Clarke – The Deep Range
C.B. Harvey, Malcolm Cross and Adrian Tchaikovsky – Journal of the Plague Year
Colin F. Barnes – Salt
Arthur C. Clarke – Earthlight
Chris Beckett – Dark Eden
Claire North – The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Daniel Price – The Flight of the Silvers
David Brin – Existence
David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt – Heaven’s Shadow
Drew Magary – The End Specialist
Eric Brown – The Serene Invasion
Helix
Gary Gibson – Angel Stations
Gary Gibson – Stealing Light (Shoal Irilogy I)
Gary Gibson – Marauder (Shoal Universe but standalone)
Gary Gibson – Final Days
Gary Gibson – The Thousand Emperors (Final Days II)
Guy Haley – Crash
Hugh Howey – Wool
Hugh Howey – Shift
Hugh Howey – Dust
Hugh Howey – Sand
Iain M. Banks – Consider Phlebas (Culture)
Iain M. Banks – Use of Weapons (Culture)
Iain M. Banks – The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture)
Ivo Stourton – The Happier Dead
Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick – The Cassandra Project
James Cambias – A Darkling Sea
James S.A. Corey – Leviathan Wakes (Expanse 1)
James S.A. Corey – Caliban’s War (Expanse 2)
James S.A. Corey – Cibola Burn (Expanse 4)
James Smythe – The Testimony
James Smythe – The Explorer (The Anomaly Quartet 1)
James Smythe – The Machine
James Smythe – The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet 2)
Jane Rogers – The Testament of Jessie Lamb
Janet Edwards – Earth Girl
Janet Edwards – Earth Star
Jason M. Hough – The Dire Earth Cycle
Jay Martel – Channel Blue
Jeff VanderMeer – Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy 1)
John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard – Conquest (The Chronicles of the Invaders I)
Jon Wallace – Barricade
Kameron Hurley – God’s War (Bel Dame Apocrypha 1)
Karen Thompson Walker – The Age of Miracles
Ken MacLeod – Descent
Kim Stanley Robinson – 2312
M.D. Waters – Archetype
M.D. Waters – Prototype
Mira Grant – Parasite
Nnedi Okorafor – Lagoon
Patrick Lee – The Breach trilogy: The Breach; Ghost Country; Deep Sky
Peter F. Hamilton – Pandora’s Star
Peter F. Hamilton – Judas Unchained
Peter F. Hamilton – Great North Road
Peter F. Hamilton – The Reality Dysfunction (Night’s Dawn 1)
Peter F. Hamilton – The Neutronium Alchemist (Night’s Dawn 2)
Peter F. Hamilton – The Naked God (Night’s Dawn 3)
Peter Heller – The Dog Stars
Pierce Brown – Red Rising
Poul Anderson – Tao Zero
R.M. Allison – The Last Day on Earth
Rick Yancey – The 5th Wave
Richard Morgan – Altered Carbon
Richard Morgan – Broken Angels
Robert J Sawyer – Triggers
Sam Kates – The Cleansing (Earth Haven 1)
Stephanie Saulter – Gemsigns ((R)evolution 1)
Stephen Baxter – Proxima
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – The Long Earth
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – The Long War
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – The Long Mars
Thomas Sweterlitsch – Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Will McIntosh – Love Minus Eighty
Will McIntosh – Defenders

Thrillers
A.M. Dean – The Lost Library
A.M. Dean – The Keystone
Adam Blake – The Dead Sea Deception
Adam Blake – The Demon Code
Anders de la Motte – Game
Andy McDermott – Temple of the Gods
Andy McDermott – The Valhalla Prophecy
Andy McDermott – The Shadow Protocol (or The Persona Protocol)
Boyd Morrison – The Tsunami Countdown
Chris Kuzneski – The Hunters
Chris Kuzneski – The Forbidden Tomb (Hunters 2)
Christopher Galt – Biblical
Christopher J. Yates – Black Chalk
Claire North – The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Clive Cussler and Graham Brown – The Storm (Numa 10)
D.E. Meredith – Devoured (A Hatton and Roumande Mystery)
D.E. Meredith – The Devil’s Ribbon (A Hatton and Roumande Mystery)
D.J. Niko – The Tenth Saint
Dean Crawford – Apocalypse (Ethan Warner 3)
Dean Crawford – The Chimera Secret (Ethan Warner 4)
Dean Crawford – The Eternity Project (Ethan Warner 5)
Dean Crawford – Eden
Dean Crawford – Holo Sapiens
David Gibbins – The Gods of Atlantis
David Gibbins – Pharaoh
Dustin Thomason – 12-21
Frederick Forsyth – The Kill List
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Isla Morley – Above
J.T. Brannan – Origin
J.T. Brannan – Extinction
Jack Hyland – The Moses Virus
Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick – The Cassandra Project
James Becker – The Lost Testament
James Douglas – The Doomsday Testament
James Douglas – The Isis Covenant
James Douglas – The Excalibur Codex
James Rollins – The Devil Colony
James Rollins – Bloodline
James Rollins – The Eye of God
James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell – The Blood Gospel (The Order of the Sanguines 1)
James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell – Innocent Blood (The Order of the Sanguines 2)
James Smythe – The Testimony
James Smythe – No Harm Can Come to a Good Man
Jeremy Robinson – SecondWorld
Jeremy Robinson – Island 731
Jon Landis – The Tenth Circle
Jon Steele – The Watchers
Jon Steele – Angel City
Kyle Mills – The Immortalists
Laurence O’Bryan – The Istanbul Puzzle
Laurence O’Bryan – The Jerusalem Puzzle
Matthew Reilly – Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves
Matthew Reilly – The Tournament
Max Barry – Lexicon
Michael Crichton and Richard Preston – Micro
Patrick Lee – Runner
Paul Sussman – The Labyrinth of Osiris
Robert Masello – The Romanov Cross
Sam Bourne – Pantheon
Sam Kates – The Cleansing (Earth Haven 1)
Sarah Lotz – The Three
Scott Mariani – The Sacred Sword (Ben Hope 7)
Scott Mariani – The Armada Legacy (Ben Hope 8)
Scott Mariani – The Nemesis Program (Ben Hope 9)
Seth Patrick – Reviver
Simon Conway – Rock Creek Park
Simon Toyne – Sanctus
Simon Toyne – The Key
Simon Toyne – The Tower
Stephen Bywater – The Devil’s Ark
Ted Kosmatka – Prophet of Bones
Terry Hayes – I Am Pilgrim
Tobias S. Buckell – Hurricane Fever
Tom Harper – The Orpheus Descent
Tom Harper – Zodiac Station
Tom Knox – The Descent
Tom West – The Titanic Enigma
Tom Wilde – The Blood of Alexander

Young Adult
Alex Scarrow – TimeRiders 2: Day of the Predator
Alex Scarrow – TimeRiders 3: The Doomsday Code
Alex Scarrow – TimeRiders 4: The Eternal War
Alex Scarrow – TimeRiders 5: Gates of Rome
Alex Scarrow – TimeRiders 6: City of Shadows
Alex Scarrow – TimeRiders 7: The Pirate Kings
Alex Scarrow – TimeRiders 8: The Mayan Prophecy
Alex Scarrow – The Legend of Ellie Quin
Beth Revis – Across the Universe
Beth Revis – A Million Suns
Beth Revis – Shades of Earth
Caroline Lawrence – The Roman Mysteries (II), The Secrets of Vesuvius
Caroline Lawrence – The Roman Mysteries (III), The Pirates of Pompeii
Caroline Lawrence – The Case of the Deadly Desperados (P.K. Pinkerton 1)
Caroline Lawrence – The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse (P.K. Pinkerton 2)
Christian Schoon – Zen Scarlett
Christian Schoon – Under Nameless Stars (Zenn Scarlett 2)
Emma Pass – ACID
Helen Dunmore – Ingo Adventures: Ingo; The Tide Knot; The Deep; The Crossing of Ingo
Helen Dunmore – Ingo Chronicles: Stormswept
Janet Edwards – Earth Girl
Janet Edwards- Earth Star
Joe Abercrombie – Half a King (Shattered Sea 1)
John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard – Conquest (The Chronicles of the Invaders I)
Johan Horstad – 172 Hours on the Moon
Julianna Baggott – Pure
Julianna Baggott – Fuse
Julianna Baggott – Burn
Julie Bertagna – Exodus Trilogy: Exodus; Zenith; Aurora
Jonathan L. Howard – Katya’s World (Russalka Chronicles 1)
Jonathan L. Howard – Katya’s War (Russalka Chronicles 2)
Kim Curran – Shift
Kim Curran – Control
Liz de Jager – Banished
Michael Grant – Gone
Neal Shusterman – Unwind
Neal Shusterman – Unwholly
Rick Yancey – The 5th Wave
Susan Pfeffer – Life As We Knew It
Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins – Catching Fire (The Hunger Games 2)
Suzanne Collins – Mockingjay (The Hunger Games 3)
Veronica Roth – Divergent

Fantasy and Alternate History
C.J. Sansom – Dominion
D.J. Taylor – The Windsor Faction
Daniel Price – The Flight of the Silvers
David Edison – The Waking Machine
Eowyn Ivey – The Snow Child
Felix Palma – The Map of Time
Helene Wecker – The Golem and the Djinni
Joe Abercrombie – Half a King (Shattered Sea 1)
Jon Steele – The Watchers
Jon Steele – Angel City
Lavie Tidhar – The Violent Century
Margo Lanagan – The Brides of Rollrock Island
Maria Dahvana Headley – Queen of Kings
Mark Alder – Son of the Morning
Stephen King – 11.22.63

Horror
Adam Christopher – The Burning Dark
Alex Scarrow – October Skies
Christopher Golden – Snowblind
John Connolly – The Wolf in Winter (Charlie Parker 12)
Josh Malerman – Bird Box
Lloyd Shepherd – The English Monster
Lloyd Shepherd – The Poisoned Island
M.R. Carey – The Girl with All the Gifts
Michelle Paver – Dark Matter
Nick Cutter – The Troop
Sarah Lotz – The Three
Seth Patrick – Reviver
Stephen Bywater – The Devil’s Ark
Tom Harper – Zodiac Station
William Peter Blatty – The Exorcist (40th Anniversary Edition) – Guest Review

Literary fiction
Kate Atkinson – Life After Life
Peggy Riley – Amity and Sorrow

Non fiction
Gerald Durrell – Menagerie Manor

Features and interviews
Guest post: The joys of writing Byzantine historical fiction by author Richard Blake
An interview with Livi Michael, author of Succession
An interview with Nick Brown – author of The Black Stone (Agent of Rome IV)
Spies and spying in the Civil War – a guest post by Andrew Swanton, author of The King’s Return
Blog Tour – Top Five Historic Sites by Chris Kuzneski, author of The Forbidden Tomb
Guest post – Eva Stachniak, author of Empress of the Night, on Catherine the Great
‘I am a writer with a plan’ – Guest post from Paul Fraser Collard, author of the Jack Lark adventure series
An interview with Nick Brown – author of The Far Shore (Agent of Rome III)
An interview with Anthony Riches – author of The Emperor’s Knives
An interview with Sam Kates – author of The Cleanisng
An interview with Anna Hope – author of Wake
An interview with Christopher Gortner – author of The Tudor Conspiracy
An interview with Alexander Cole – author of Colossus
Book review of 2013 – Part One
Book review of 2013 – Part Two
An interview with D.J. Niko for The Tenth Saint
An interview with Anthony Riches for The Eagle’s Vengeance
An interview with Douglas Jackson for Sword of Rome
Crime in the Court, History in the Valley
Author Focus: Rob Wickings – Zombies, Pirates, Film
Interlude 3 – Shakespeare and Oxford’s Painted Room
Guest post – Peggy Riley on Casting Amity and Sorrow
Oxford Literary Festival 2013 report – Hilary Mantel and Paul Roberts – Bring Up the Bodies and Hug a Roman!
2013 – Challenges and Resolutions!
An interview with Alex Scarrow and a review of his latest adventure The Legend of Ellie Quin
2012 – Book review of the year
If you could turn back time – Guest post on Demention
History in the Court 2012 – A night to remember
Interlude 2 – Archaeology: A thing of the past?
Interlude – Books bricks and alien worlds
Snow Day! An interview with Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child
My interview with Jon Steele, author of The Watchers
An overview of Alex Scarrow on My Favourite Books
Festival of Historical Writing 2011
The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival 2012 Part 1 – Caroline Lawrence, Simon Callow
The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival 2012 Part 2 – Ian Rankin
The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival 2012 Part 3 – The Scarrows and Paxman
Double Whammy Book Launch – The Leopard Sword by Anthony Riches and The Bleeding Land by Giles Kristian

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