Monday, February 9, 2015

Blood Divide by John Sadler

Gripping, visceral, and accessible historical fiction.

The Battle of Flodden in September 1513 was one of the bloodiest battles ever fought on British soil, in which James IV, King of Scots, and virtually the whole of his nobility and gentry were annihilated in an afternoon along with 15,000 soldiers. Five centuries later, the slaughter still occupies a core position in the Scottish nationalist debate and in the pantheon of heroic failures. This novel puts you in the heart of the action; you’ll feel the sweat and the fear, the curtain of red mist.

The narrative covers April through September 1513, focusing around a handful of key characters: John Heron, Bastard of Ford, swaggering, violent, and disreputable, the black sheep of a good English family; Sir Thomas Howard, leader of the English forces and skilled strategist; Alexander, 3rd Lord Hume, leader of the Scots, bold but impetuous; Isabella Hoppringle, Abbess of Coldstream, hub of a web of influential women throughout the Scottish borders, a woman of significant influence and charisma.

Laced with dark humor and fascinating period detail, Blood Divide reminder readers that political intrigue and human folly are timeless.

Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Lion Fiction
Paperback; 352p
ISBN: 978-1782640899
Genre: Historical Fiction
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 *** (I liked it)

There are a number of books out there that deal with the reign of Henry VIII, however I have yet to find one that deals with the Battle of Flodden in 1513.   Told from the POV of various key characters Blood Divide tells the story of this bloody battle from before, during and a little afterwards.  

With rich details the author created very realistic battle scenes showing the raw effects of this war and not just the physical ones.  With these different views it was evident that the author did his homework in writing this book.

Written with lengthy chapters that included letters as well as various points of view I did find it a little choppy at times.  However it was a learning experience as I was unfamiliar with the actual battle and some of the characters involved. 

John Sadler is an experienced military historian, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and the author of more than two dozen books. He is also a much traveled battlefield tour guide covering most major conflicts in the UK, Europe, and North Africa.

For more information please visit John Sadler’s website.

  Blood Divide: A Novel of Flodden Field Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, January 26
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Spotlight & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Tuesday, January 27
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, January 28
Spotlight & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection
Friday, January 30
Spotlight at Layered Pages
Sunday, February 1
Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More
Monday, February 2
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Tuesday, February 3
Spotlight & Giveaway at Words and Peace
Thursday, February 5
Interview and Review at A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus
Saturday, February 6
Review at Book Nerd
Monday, February 9
Review at Just One More Chapter
Tuesday, February 10
Review at Broken Teepee
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Obsession
Wednesday, February 11
Review at Forever Ashley
Review at The Mad Reviewer
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Thursday, February 12
Interview at Books and Benches
Friday, February 13
Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes

1 comment:

  1. I've been following this Tour and I definitely can't wait to red Blood Divide. Everything I've read about it has been positive. Thanks for your post.
    Carol L
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