Gentlemen of Pitchfork by Kamil Gruca

01_Gentlemen of Pitchfork CoverGentlemen of Pitchfork by Kamil Gruca

The year is 1415. France is weakened by the recently ended Civil War between the factions of Burgundians and Armagnacs. The young and belligerent King Henry V Lancaster decides to pay the French a neighbourly visit. With him – the flower of the English knighthood.

Among them – Sir Arthur, the Baron of Pitchfork, an ideal of all chivalric virtues – his uncle, Sir Ralph, a veteran soldier with a taste for women and bitter humour – and his cousin, Sir Robert, a young and romantic would-be scholar who will have his first taste of war, sieges, duels, betrayal and intrigue but also love and practical philosophy.

Together they ride as secret envoys of their King to meet Burgundian emissaries. But the Armagnacs’ spies keep their eyes open for any sign of treason on the part of their political opponents and three powerful French armies are gathering to cross King Henry’s way.

This was quite quick and short read. I haven’t read many books set during the reign of Henry V but it was nice to read about the war from the point of view some other than Henry.

My problem with the book was that there were too many POV’s which made it very confusing. Half the time I was wondering how these people connect or will they connect at some point. There was nothing wrong with the chapters itself but I don’t think all were necessary.

And I have to say that I hate endings where you don’t know what happens to the characters. You see people falling in love and you have no idea if they end up together. How frustrating!

All that said it was enjoyable read and it gives realistic image about medieval war.

3/5

Published: Kamil Gruca (2014)
Format: eBook
Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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About the author

Kamil Gruca is a Polish writer born in 1982 in Warsaw. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Warsaw University.

Kamil is also an active knight who confirmed his battle prowess by winning the Polish National Knights League in 2006 under the alias of Sir Robert Neville. He has studied medieval swordsmanship for over 15 years hence his novels are full of dynamic and realistic swordplay.

Being an avid re-enactor and a passionate history geek Kamil moved to France for two years to study documents unavailable in other countries that would add to the feel and realism of the book on multiple levels.

His first novel “Panowie z Pitchfork” was published in 2009 by a major publishing house Rebis. Receiving a warm welcome from Polish critics, readers and fellow writers, the first part of the adventures of the young and keen Sir Robert was soon followed by a sequel “Baron i Łotr”, published by another publishing house Znak, bringing closure to the major plot.

Currently Kamil lives in Warsaw with his family and is working on another series of historical novels focused around one of Poland’s most famous knights – Zawisza Czarny – and his not so famous yet equally interesting brothers.

For more information about the book please visit http://gentlemenofpitchfork.blogspot.com or http://facebook.com/gentlemenofpitchfork. You can contact Kamil at Gruca.Kamil@gmail.com.

If you want to learn more about how Kamil trains medieval swordsmanship please visit HAM-Historyczna-Akademia-Miecza on Facebook (Site in Polish), as well as http://draby.pl (Site in Polish).

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

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Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy 1) by Kiersten White

Vampires. Werewolves. Faeries. Shapeshifters.

Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie’s dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths, and even worse, that she is at the centre of a dark prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. (back cover)

I have vague memories that people really loved this when it came out. I might be wrong though… Wouldn’t be a bad thing this time…

The biggest problem for me was Evie. She was way too naïve and childish. And liked pink more that is healthy in my opinion… She was found as a small child and grew up in IPCA – organisation that monitors all things paranormal – and yet seems totally clueless what IPCA does or about her own past.

She falls in love with Lend, paranormal who was captured by IPCA. Apart from being practically the only teenage boy she’s met, I don’t see what Evie saw in him. I just thought he was boring.

The most interesting thing was the fairies. They weren’t as “controlled” as everyone seemed to think. Evie’s ex Reth came at first a bit stalkerish but he turned out to be the most interesting pearson in the book. First you think he’s good, then he seems bad, then good.. And he seemed dangerous. Like he could have killed everyone. Or maybe that’s just me hoping.

This was quick and easy read and I can safely say that I won’t continue this trilogy.

2/5

Published: HarperCollins Children’s Books (2011)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 335
Source: my own

Mailbox Monday (1.12)

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia and is now hosted on its own blog.

New books this week:

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The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (purchased)
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa (bought)
The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley (purchased)
Margaret of York by Christine Weightman (bought)
Edward III and the Triumph of England: The Battle of Crécy and the Company of the Garter by Richard Barber (purchased)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

heir of fireHeir of Fire (Throne of Glass 3) by Sarah J. Maas

Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her? (back cover)

I have kinda mixed feelings about this one. It started really slow and I think the book was way too long but then again it got better.

I liked the new characters Rowan and Manon. Those witches are badass! And unlike Celaena who keeps telling how bad she is but fails to show it, the witches are brutal. I loved those early training parts between Rowan and Celaena where they really didn’t get along but then suddenly it all changed. I just hope were not headed that way where he falls in love with Celaena.

For some reason I thought this would be just 3 books in the series but apparently no… I’m too curious to know how this ends so I guess I’m stuck with this series till the end.

3/5

Published: Bloomsbury UK (2014)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 562
Source: library

Mailbox Monday (24.11)

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia and is now hosted on its own blog.

Here’s what I got in the last two weeks.

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Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (bought)
The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt (bookmooch)
The Handfasted Wife by Carol McGrath (bought)
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler (bought)
Ghost Town by Rachel Caine (bookmooch)
The Forgotten Queen by Haley Elizabeth Garwood (bookmooch)
Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt by Stephanie Thornton (bought)
Penelope’s Daughter by Laurel Corona (bookmooch)