Category Archives: Historical & Biblical fiction

Abomination

Title: Abomination
Author:  Gary Whitta
Genre: Historical Horror/Fantasy (?)
Publisher: Inkshares
Publishing date: July 30th, 2015
ISBN: 9781941758335
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: ENGLAND, 888 A.D. As King Alfred the Great struggles to defend his realm from hordes of Viking invaders, the Archbishop of Canterbury stumbles upon an ancient secret — dark magic that could turn the tide of the war in England’s favor. But when exposure to the magic corrupts the Archbishop, Alfred commands his greatest Knight, Sir Wulfric, to hunt the mad priest down. One final campaign for Wulfric, and one that brings with it disastrous consequences…

My Review:

Gary Whitta is no doubt a terrific screenwriter, there is no doubt in that. With Abomination he tries his hands on fiction writing, and his book’s premise is intriguing and original. It was with great excitement started reading his book, and after a few chapters I found myself wishing he had just written a screen play for a movie or a TV-series.
The story is well told, apart from many striking historical inaccuracies. The inaccuracies can be dealt with as a part of the premise is that historians did cover up what really went down.  The writing-style is simple and straight forward, and too much so. To me this book reads much more like a screenplay than a piece of fiction. There is too much telling, and not enough showing. The reader is never challenged to think on his or her own, it’s just simply too simple.
The characters are interesting but not too complex, and I am not quite sure if this is intended to be a teen/YA-book or a book intended for adults, the writing style and word choices indicate the former.
The story has such promise and the blurb felt like a fresh breath, though the reading experience would have been greater if the author expected more from his readers.

The Pharaoh’s Daughter

cover62016-mediumA Treasures of the Nile Novel

Author: Mesu Andrews

WaterBrook Press

Published: 17.03.2015

Amazon.co.uk

One of my favorite areas of study in History is Ancient Egypt, and I did to some degree enjoy this book. A lot is uncertain when it comes to biblical fiction and and the authors base arguments are somewhat weak in some areas, though it is easy to tell that there is an extensive research process behind this book.

The voice of this story is strong and it is easy to follow the narration, And though some thing are hard to determine I think I would have liked to see some more historical accuracy in some places (ex. King Tu had no children, so it is unlikely that Moses was born during his reign). The inaccuracies did not take away from my enjoyment of the book and I would gladly recommend it..