JAMES AITCHESON is the author of a series of medieval historical novels about Tancred, an ambitious knight who seeks venegance following his lord’s murder. Set amidst the chaos of the Norman Conquest, they tell the story of the battle for England, and how the kingdom was won and lost in the years immediately after 1066.
The first book in the series, Sworn Sword, was originally published in 2011. The sequel, The Splintered Kingdom, is now out in hardcover, paperback and as an eBook, available online and from all good bookshops.
“A terrific writer … Aitcheson’s portrayal of eleventh century England is vibrant and authentic. Rarely have I been so transported into the world of the medieval knight and his environs. Full of intrigue and vivid, realistic battles, this accomplished debut novel sets a high standard indeed.”
Ben Kane, bestselling author of The Road to Rome
“What a triumph! Aitcheson has turned a familiar story into a fantastic novel. The plot is superb, clever and as true to the sources as is possible … a brilliant achievement.”
Dr Elisabeth van Houts, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
“Action-packed, this is the first in a promising series, set in a fascinating period.”
Mail on Sunday
“A well judged mix of action, intrigue and thoughtfulness … told in lucid, lively prose that sets scenes vividly and carries the plot forward.”
Historical Novels Review
“Fans of sword-swinging drama still mourning the end of HBO’s epic Game of Thrones will find plenty to love in this uncompromising slice of historical fiction … Breathlessly paced and packed with action, it’s a mightily accomplished debut in a major new series.”
“The setting and historical detail are superb and there is more than enough excitement to keep you hooked to the final page.”