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The Harrowing

The Harrowing • James Aitcheson • Heron Books
448 pp. • Hardcover • £16.99

James’s fourth novel, The Harrowing, is now out in both hardcover and ebook editions, published by Heron Books, an imprint of Quercus.

Set during the turmoil of the Norman Conquest, The Harrowing centres upon five English refugees forced to band together as they flee the devastation wrought by William the Conqueror’s army.

Priest, Lady, Servant, Warrior, Minstrel: each has their own story; each their own sin. As their enemies close in, the five travellers are forced to confront their own pasts in order to find redemption before it is too late.

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'An impressive novel ... the Norman presence is the stuff of nightmares'

The Times

Book of the Month, July 2016

James Aitcheson
2016-09-26T14:07:36+00:00

The Times

Book of the Month, July 2016

'An impressive novel ... the Norman presence is the stuff of nightmares'
'Action-packed, [Sworn Sword] is the first in a promising series, set in a fascinating period.'

Mail on Sunday

James Aitcheson
2016-01-20T20:29:40+00:00

Mail on Sunday

'Action-packed, [Sworn Sword] is the first in a promising series, set in a fascinating period.'
'A terrific writer … Aitcheson’s portrayal of eleventh century England is vibrant and authentic. Full of intrigue and vivid, realistic battles, this accomplished debut novel sets a high standard indeed.'

Ben Kane

Bestselling author of Eagles at War

James Aitcheson
2016-01-20T20:18:58+00:00

Ben Kane

Bestselling author of Eagles at War

'A terrific writer … Aitcheson’s portrayal of eleventh century England is vibrant and authentic. Full of intrigue and vivid, realistic battles, this accomplished debut novel sets a high standard indeed.'
'Aitcheson neatly mixes action and intrigue in equal measure.'

BBC History Magazine

James Aitcheson
2016-01-20T20:27:58+00:00

BBC History Magazine

'Aitcheson neatly mixes action and intrigue in equal measure.'
'What a triumph! The plot is superb, clever and as true to the sources as is possible … a brilliant achievement.'

Prof Elisabeth van Houts

Emmanuel College, Cambridge

James Aitcheson
2016-03-24T11:43:43+00:00

Prof Elisabeth van Houts

Emmanuel College, Cambridge

'What a triumph! The plot is superb, clever and as true to the sources as is possible … a brilliant achievement.'
'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

James Aitcheson
2016-01-20T20:31:36+00:00

Historical Novels Review

'A well judged mix of action, intrigue and thoughtfulness … told in lucid, lively prose that sets scenes vividly and carries the plot forward.'
'Fans of 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.'

Shortlist

James Aitcheson
2016-01-20T20:34:15+00:00

Shortlist

'Fans of 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.'
'Aitcheson brings excitement and intrigue to a bloody period of medieval history … [and] shows great promise as an adventure novelist in this colorful debut.'

Publishers Weekly

James Aitcheson
2016-01-20T20:35:19+00:00

Publishers Weekly

'Aitcheson brings excitement and intrigue to a bloody period of medieval history … [and] shows great promise as an adventure novelist in this colorful debut.'
 

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