Book Review: Lionheart by Ben Kane

A really good review of an historical novel. Not my usual cup of tea, but I’m interested enough to buy this one and escape 2020-reality for a while.

A Rambling Reviewer

Lionheart by Ben Kane book cover

Publisher:Orion Publishing House


Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: 1179. Henry II’s Norman conquerors have swept through England, Wales – and now Ireland.

Irish nobleman Ferdia has been imprisoned in Wales to ensure the good behaviour of his rebellious father.

But during a skirmish on a neighbouring castle, Ferdia saves the life of the man who would become one of the most legendary warriors to have ever lived: Richard Plantagenet. The Lionheart.

Taken as Richard’s squire, Ferdia crosses the Narrow Sea to resist the rebellious nobles in Aquitaine, besieging castles and fighting bloody battles with brutal frequency.

But treachery and betrayal lurk around every corner. Infuriated by his younger brother Richard’s growing reputation, Henry rebels. And Ferdia learns that the biggest threat to Richard’s life may not be a foreign army – but Richard’s own family . . .

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I’m early! Circles of Confusion is all gussied up, proofread and polished to within an inch of its life, formatting checked, cover added … all it needs is for me to push the button and send it out into the big wide world. My head says stick to my scheduled date of 1st June, my heart says, do it now. Can I last for a whole week?

debut novel finished!

This is a detail of a photograph called The last Piece of the Puzzle, so it seems an apt illustration for the news that my first novel, Circles of Confusion is complete, one year from the day I decided I’d like to be a writer. I am going to self-publish on Amazon and, to that end, have designed the cover and am applying the final spit and polish to the copy before braving the mechanisms of formatting and clicking the final button.
Won’t be long now!