Monday, 15 September 2014

BLOG TOUR - Age of Iron by Angus Watson



Welcome to my blog tour stop for 
Angus Watson's epic novel Age of Iron

#AgeOfIron

Legends aren’t born. They’re forged.

Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar’s army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. 

First, Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar’s most fearsome warriors, who’s vowed revenge on the king for her sister’s execution. 

Now Dug’s on the wrong side of that thousands-strong army he hoped to join and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one rescued child and one unpredictable, highly trained warrior with a lust for revenge that’s going to get them all killed . . . 

It's a glorious day to die.


Now the comparisons with the epic Game of Thrones really had me curious about this novel however whereas Game of Thrones is firmly in the realm of fantasy, Age of Iron explores Britain during the year 61 BC (yes you read that right B C), a time when life was rough and an invading army can quite easily come along a chop your head off and burn your fort down with only a couple of minutes warning.

This book, well I expected it to be an extremely serious look at the life of our anti-hero Dug Sealskinner a forty something mercenary for hire who is looking for work with the sociopathic evil maniac that is King Zadar, however this book to my utter joy is written with a tongue in cheek.

The art of war and revenge is serious stuff but Dug has seen it all and he is not going to let little girls and a revenge driven iron maiden get in his way of an easy life in Zadar's army, or is he?

The Age of Iron is written in such an engaging way, the characters have no heirs and graces, they fight and bicker, love and swear (badger's bollocks) their way through this truly brilliant story, its a sizeable tome so I won't give you a blow by blow account but as mentioned Dug is on his way to try and join Zadar's ranks but he has been roped in to helping protect a small town, this does not go well and he scarpers, on his escape he encounters a young girl Spring, he is not a fan of having companions but soon he is her father figure and further along he meets Lowa, ex of Zadar's army, ex because he wants to kill her having already killed her colleagues, he is out for her blood and she will be damned if he gets it as she is going to get him first.

To a lesser extent we also Ragnall whose town was destroyed by Zadar's forces and his beloved taken for slavery, he also wants blood and as the story continues he meets up with Dug and his ladies and they team up to take out Zadar and his army.

I know I keep harping on about it but the way its written is brilliant, a bickering druid and his wife could almost be having their argument in your local shop, the story keeps you hooked all the way through, you almost forget this is happening thousands of years ago.  As the book progresses we find out more about these brilliant characters, their quirks and how they live and love, Spring is my favourite character she is such a young girl but she has a lot of those aforementioned badger's bollocks!

The ending is sufficiently blood thirsty, to be honest there is a lot of the red stuff spilled, and it lines it up perfectly for the next book Clash of Iron, Dug's story is brilliant, epic and feels very real.

I am so glad I read this book, it was nothing like I expected and such an amazing surprise, Angus has set the world up nicely, I can almost see this on TV like the aforementioned GOT, my one downside with this book is there is no map!! All good epic tales have maps!!  Besides that its well worth a read!

Age of Iron is awarded 5 out of 5

Thank you to Orbit for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

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