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The throne of England is slipping from King Henry’s grasp. His only son has drowned in the English Channel, and the predators are gathering ready to devour both England and Normandy. 

When the last of King Harold’s housecarls returns to England to die, he brings with him a reluctant hero who will save the kingdom. Alfraed, son of Ridley, is the first of a new breed; he is an English knight. 

English Knight is a fast-moving audiobook set in that most turbulent of times, The Anarchy. Filled with action and battles, this is the first in a series of chronicles painting a picture of a bloody time in English history when the only people you could rely on were your household warriors and you slept with a dagger beneath your bed.

©2015 Griff Hosker (P)2022 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Griff Hosker does it again! Great Book!

A spoiled, pampered well educated son of last of King Harold’s Housecarls returns to England with great reluctance. He grew up in Constantinople where his father served the Emperor. Accompanying him and his father are 4 of his old warrior comrades. As they travel through Europe; these old warriors help the son to become a new man. Although, he has had the best of military training and great Armor; he had never been tested in battle. This first book, in a new series taking place after the Norman invasion, introduces us to an amazing new hero. Griff has a true tested formula to keep you riveted to the story. I could not put the book down. When I finished, I immediately check out audible to see when the sequel will be available. Fortunately, it will only be two weeks. Highly recommended!

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Superb

Another superb title by Griff Hosker, great pace and excitement, which led to binge-listening. Cannot wait for the next book in the series.The narration is fantastic, which made the experience all the better.

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  • 14-04-22

INSTA-KNIGHT - JUST ADD CONFLICT

This genre, were young warriors rise to station through trial by combat, can quickly become unbelievable if the author does not spend a few chapters giving his/her characters some sword-cred. The first two books of the Anarchy Series, by Griff Hosker, fall into this trap.

The main character, Alfraed, son of Ridley. has not earned his chops. He enters as a petulant punk and soon becomes a wise sage, with too few battles under his belt to deserve the constant and sappy stream of accolades spewed his way. This kid hasn't done enough to merit his sudden rise to wisdom and sword-prowess. His history (no spoilers here) does not make him a sword sage (no wu-shu sword-foo in Constantinople Hosker); the kid is merely fast, not martial!

These books are Hosker's early rejects (published while he writes some more good (current) stuff). His later work is fabulous. These in the Anarchy series are not (they were written in 2015...huh???). Why are these novels being released seven years after copyright? I think they were early rejects.

Do not buy the English Knight...don't start the series! It is really pedestrian, and...well...dull.

I give these novels two swords down for sword-play-battle-cliches and weak (dim-witted) antagonists.