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The sun and the bracing sea air had made ruddy his fair skin, even to his firm, round throat and his thick arms, that were left bare by his rough coat of untanned buckskin. Sergeant Silk the Prairie Scout.

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Earl Kenric of Bute, the remaining son of the murdered man, buckles on the Thirsty Sword of S Weak-kneed historical action adventure story set in the Western Isles. Earl Kenric of Bute, the remaining son of the murdered man, buckles on the Thirsty Sword of Somerled, given to him by Aasta the Fair, a fighting maiden also feared to be a werewolf.

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The action culminates in the Battle of Largs, 2nd Oct Right from the off the author was overeager to establish the ready superstitions of these Western Islanders from 'an age when the meaning of nature's work was little understood, when even religion was not yet strong enough to conquer the superstition which found evil in things which were only mysteries.

The characters were flimsier than a threadbare sporron, the dialogue stilted and amateurish n. At least the geographically and historically elements were accurate for the most part. This period pretty much saw the end of Scandinavian influence in Scotland, but Haakon had his way during this campaign and inflicted some harsh defeats on the Scots before his untimely death.

What I did enjoy was looking at photographs online of all the isles, mountains and monuments mentioned by the author during his otherwise limp narrative.

My, the Western Isles are breathtakingly beautiful. Clearly I am biased, because this book is set on the Island where I grew up and I can relate to a lot of the historical sites but.. I first read this book when it was leant to me as a six year old. It was probably meant for boys, but to me it was a fabulous tale of derring do and midnight chases on horse back.

The Thirsty Sword

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