Gary is a small town Irishman with a love for all things historical and fantastical. He works as an English and History teacher at post-primary where he endeavours to instil and nurture a love for reading and writing in students. Tea is his weakness. Reading is his passion. His one goal in life is to buy a castle when he retires.

Northern Wrath (The Hanged God Trilogy #1) by Thilde Kold Holdt 23, Jul

A promising start to an exciting Viking fantasy adventure saga. 

Northern Wrath is the exciting debut of Thilde Kold Holdt and the first book in the Hanged God Trilogy. I am a fan of series names as they tend to give the reader a good idea of what they are getting themselves into. For those who may not be as obsessed with Norse mythology as I am, the Hanged God refers to the Allfather himself, Odin, who hung himself from a branch of the World Tree, Yggdrasil, in order to obtain knowledge. The series name, therefore, immediately grabbed my attention (as much as the beautiful cover) and suggested that this was going to be more than just a historical Viking novel, and I was pleasantly surprised by just how much of a fantasy novel it is. 

Camelot (The Arthurian Tales #2) by Giles Kristian 06, Jul

A beautiful tale of hope in a time of darkness.

N.B. This review contains some spoilers for Lancelot and minor spoilers for the beginning of Camelot.

A decade has passed since Arthur and Lancelot fell in battle against the Saxon hordes. With its greatest warriors dead and Merlin having seemingly abandoned it, Britain has been torn asunder, its lands drowned in the blood of its peoples, slaughtered in the name of Woden and Thunor. Yet hope still beats in the hearts of a few, among them Galahad, the son of the greatest and most in famous of Arthur's warriors, who against all odds, 'dared to keep the dream of Camelot alive.'

Paternus: War of Gods by Dyrk Ashton (Paternus Trilogy #3) 01, Jul

An awe-inspiring finale that redefines epic. 'Cry havoc, and let slip the gods of war!'

Have you ever read a book and been lost for words? Has a book ever made you stop mid-page and whisper, 'holy 'f***', then reread the section a second time, maybe even a third, so as to fully comprehend what you have just read? Has a book ever made you do that numerous times? No? Then, allow me to introduce to you Dyrk Ashton's War of Gods, the awe-inspiring finale to the epic, urban fantasy Paternus Trilogy