About the Book
The Saxon Spears by James Calbraith
Publication Date: December 11, 2019
Paperback & eBook; 481 Pages
Series: The Song of Ash, Book 1
Genre: Historical Fiction
The old world is burning down
A hero will rise from its ASH.
Thirty years have passed since Britannia voted to throw off the Roman yoke. Now, the old world crumbles.
Pirates roam the seas, bandits threaten the highways, and barbarian refugees land at Britannia’s shores, uninvited. The rich profit from the chaos, while the poor suffer. A new Dark Age is approaching – but all is not lost.
Ash is a Seaborn, a Saxon child found on the beach with nothing but a precious stone at his neck and a memory of a distant war from which his people have fled. Raised on the estate of a Briton nobleman, trained in warfare and ancient knowledge, he soon becomes embroiled in the machinations and intrigues at the court of Wortigern, the Dux of Londinium, a struggle that is about to determine the future of all Britannia.
A child of Saxon blood, an heir to Roman family, his is a destiny like no other: to join the two races and forge a new world from the ruins of the old.
The Saxon Spears is the first volume of the Song of Ash saga, perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell’s “The Last Kingdom” series, Simon Scarrow and Conn Iggulden.
Praise for The Saxon Spears
“Fast paced and full of energy.” –Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt
“James Calbraith’s writing is reminiscent of a classic, epic fantasy -immersive, and detailed to the letter. The real-world cultures he draws from are incredibly well-researched and truthful, and yet well-balanced with the fantasy elements he sprinkles in between. An intriguing and impressive series.” –Ben Galley, author of the Emaneska Series
“This manuscript is full of highly crafted detail that will make readers shiver at times with fear and delight. (…) a familiar yet highly original fantasy that is a worthwhile read.”–Publisher’s Weekly
“Calbraith weaves a story that is wholly original while following the traditional fantasy tropes.” – eFiction Steampunk
“The detail and intricacy of the writing is impressive. With inclusion of races and histories, it almost reminds me of Tolkien – in Asia.” – YA Book Bridges review
I’ve been loving all of the Saxon/Viking-esque books I’ve been reading, and The Saxon Spears did not disappoint! I find that these types of books are often solely action driven or solely character driven. However, I found this book to be an excellent combination of the two. The style of writing was also really engaging and interesting.
This book starts with trauma and dealing with the memories around it. Not knowing if they are real or not, Ash must look towards his future in order to move on. The characters were all excellently developed and I found myself wanting to continue to learn about them. Plus, given the time period that this book is set in there is plenty of aspects that the book can explore.
The plot was gory at times, as it revolved around war. But it worked with the time period, as this is what the time period was. There were so many different factions and groups that were fighting for control, making survival based on who can be the most brutal. If you love saxons, vikings, or intense plot situations then you’ll love this read!
About the Author
James Calbraith is a Poland-born British writer, foodie and traveller.
Growing up in communist Poland on a diet of powdered milk, Lord of the Rings and soviet science-fiction, he had his first story published at the ripe age of eight. After years of bouncing around Polish universities, he moved to London in 2007 and started writing in English. His debut historical fantasy novel, “The Shadow of Black Wings”, has reached ABNA semi-finals. It was published in July 2012 and hit the Historical Fantasy and Alternate History bestseller lists on Amazon US & UK.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, February 24
Review at Donna’s Book Blog
Tuesday, February 25
Excerpt at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, February 26
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Thursday, February 27
Review at Broken Teepee
Friday, February 28
Review at Books and Zebras
Saturday, February 29
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Monday, March 2
Review at Hoover Book Reviews
Tuesday, March 3
Review at Jessica Belmont
Wednesday, March 4
Review at Historical Graffiti
Thursday, March 5
Excerpt at Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings
Friday, March 6
Review at YA, It’s Lit
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