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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
The Sword Of Saint Isidores by David Thomas Kay is a sweeping historical fantasy fiction novel and the first book in the author's new Circles of Time series. This installment is a 10th-century gem and quite literally includes the same within the glorious scabbard of the titular sword as the Viking era comes to life. The sword falls into the bloodied hands of the Scandinavian warrior Ragnarr from the outstretched hands of a doomed monk. It is both cursed and coveted, the prized bounty that is no talisman, dancing between the superstitions of Norse mythology and Christian lore. War, slavery, pillage, murder, doctrine, and royalty tightly weave through the pages with the sword leading in directions that push a reader swiftly through historically significant realms and some of the most storied rulers—both real and imagined—of the ancient world. “He still found it hard to believe that both their fathers, living on opposite sides of the ocean, and without any knowledge of each other, could have a close association with this sword, once the property of two legendary kings, Harald and Athelstan.”
There is a lot going on in The Sword Of Saint Isidores and author David Thomas Kay forced me to do what some of the best writers have made me do before: take notes. My first experience of having to do homework was at the foot of Bernard Cornwell's Stonehenge...but stay with me here for a moment longer because, I can assure you, this is a very good thing. Both characters and history are rich and this flourishes in Kay's prose. The narrative is as dense as the forests thinned for longboats that make up the bulk of the book's writing format, and require some scribbles to refresh, but with lines that almost sing, it is worth it: “A crack like the sound of snapping bone signaled the end of the oak’s life, as it finally relinquished its hold on the earth.” Readers who adore Viking sagas will find the fantasy element takes us outside the traditional box of the genre. It is difficult to reinvent a wheel [or oar?] that has rolled for eleven centuries but Kay does a great job setting the foundation for what looks like a promising series. Very highly recommended.