This week on Crooked Cat Books you’ll find three excellent 5* examples of entertaining, fast-paced historical adventures: Tim Taylor‘s Zeus of Ithome; The Beltane Choice by Nancy Jardine and Emma Rose Millar‘s Five Guns Blazing!
Go back in time and escape the Spartans, fight the Romans, and sail the High Seas with dashing pirates!
Brush up on your ancient history! Sparta reigns over Greece, yet there is unrest beginning to stir in Tim Taylor‘s 5* “first class read”, Zeus of Ithome! If you enjoy quality historical fiction, this one is for you.
Three Hundred Years of Slavery. Greece, 373 BC. For three centuries, the Messenian people have been brutally subjugated by their Spartan neighbours and forced to work the land as helot slaves. Diocles, a seventeen-year-old helot, has known no other life but servitude.
After an encounter with Spartan assassins, he is forced to flee, leaving behind his family and his love, Elpis. On Mount Ithome, the ancient sanctuary of the Messenians, he meets Aristomenes, an old rebel who still remembers the proud history of their people and clings to a prophecy that they will one day win back their freedom. A forlorn hope, perhaps.
But elsewhere in Greece, there are others too who believe it is time that the power of Sparta was broken.
Fight the Romans in northern Britain in Nancy Jardine‘s 5* “brilliant read”, The Beltane Choice! With an added dash of romance, this historical adventure will take you on a fast ride through Roman Britain.
Banished from the nemeton, becoming a priestess is no longer the future for Nara, a princess of the Selgovae tribe. Now charged with choosing a suitable mate before Beltane, her plan is thwarted by Lorcan, an enemy Brigante prince, who captures her and takes her to his hill fort. Despite their tribes fighting each other, Nara feels drawn to her captor, but time runs out for her secret quest.
As armies of the Roman Empire march relentlessly northwards, Lorcan intends to use Nara as a marriage bargain, knowing all Celtic tribes must unite to be strong enough to repel imminent Roman attack. Nara’s father, Callan, agrees to a marriage alliance between Selgovae and Brigante, but has impossible stipulations. Lorcan is torn between loyalty to his tribe and growing love for Nara.
When danger and death arrive in the form of the mighty Roman forces, will Nara be able to choose her Beltane lover?
The Beltane Choice tells a tale of war and love in Celtic Britain.
If you enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean, you’ll love Five Guns Blazing by Emma Rose Millar & Kevin Allen! And if you ever imagined a dashing pirate, ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham is your man! 😉 As one reviewer said: “…you wouldn’t want to put it down…”
“Never had she imagined she would be brought so low, and all for the love of a very bad man.”
Convict’s daughter, Laetitia Beedham, is set on an epic journey from the back streets of London, through transportation to Barbados and gruelling plantation life, into the clutches of notorious pirates John ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, Mary Read and the treacherous Anne Bonny.
In a world of villainy and deceit, where black men are kept in chains and a woman will sell her daughter for a few gold coins, Laetitia can find no one in whom to place her trust.
As the King’s men close in on the pirates and the noose begins to tighten around their necks, who will win her loyalty and her heart?
So, there you have it: adventures in the olden days. Enjoy! 🙂