I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
I hadn't known that this is the second book in a series. Even then, this book works mostly fine as a standalone book. It follows the story of warriors trying to fight of viking invaders and save their land. Through the eye of the author, we see the life of these warriors and their intense training and their fight for survival. It was like watching Spartacus, but at different venue. It is gritty and held my attention throughout. There wasn't any dull moment. The narrator did a fabulous of bringing this story to life with his delivery. The voice inflections were perfect and every emotion conveyed brilliantly.
Recommendation: If you liked Spartacus and 300, you will love this.
I previously listened to An Trodai: Scolai. I was unaware then, that this is a series. I wish I could edit my review of Scolai since, I now know it’s abrupt ending just leads into this book.
This series seems to be the story of the legacy of a family of warriors. For a historical fiction book, there is not a lot a detail about the everyday life in the times it is set in. This is more like the bio of some warriors and leaders, and their battles within conflicts that truly happened in history. It is a good story that is condensed and short (that’s surely why not much is invested in describing more of their situation). I felt more connected to the main characters in this book, than in the previous one.
The same narrator is used for both books and I enjoyed the rendition he provided. His use of accents was pleasant, his female voices were well done and he brought out the characters personalities well. I would listen again to another story by this narrator.
There are no explicit sex scenes or excessive violence or swearing.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
This is the second book in the series about a family of Irish warriors in the 10th century. Whilst it would be best to read them in order so that you don't miss anything there is a quick catch up at the beginning of the book to outline the story so far. This book picks up with Laoghaire, the grandson of Scolai and son of Daigh. It is a book about family, loyalty and the life of a warrior tying to rid Ireland of the Viking invaders who have settled in their land. The book draws you in to the life of a warrior and how vicious it must have been in those times and the training that they relentlessly underwent to make them the best fighters. Again, like with the first book, there is a glossary at the back to help with some of the characters, events and words used. This is a short book and easy to read. It is also interesting to see the family moving through the ages, as in real life with some dying but children being born and growing up into warriors too. I look forward to the next book about Scolai's great grandson, Conall.