Book Review: By the Sword (A HWA Short Story Collection)

Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: Sharpe Books
Pub date: 25 June 2020
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Immerse yourself in the Medieval world.

Read about some of your favourite characters from established series, or be introduced to new writers in the genre.

The stories in By the Sword bring the medieval period vividly to life – encompassing the Crusades, the Hundred Years War and other historic events.

This exclusive and entertaining new collection, brought to you by the Historical Writers’ Association, also includes interviews with each author.

Find out more about their writing processes and what attracts them to the medieval world.

Authors & Stories Featured in By the Sword:

Paul Bannister – The Plantagenet Princess

Hana Cole – Childish Things

Jemahl Evans – A Beggar’s Coat

Richard Foreman – A Knight’s Tale

Hilary Green – The Quest

JA Ironside – Guile

Michael Jecks – A Plague on Your Business

Peter Sandham – A Matter of Honour

Helena Schrader – A Night Journey

I’m not usually a fan of short stories but this was great especially as a number of stories are related to characters of which I have come across in some of the authors novels.

By the Sword is book two in a series of four and focuses on the medieval era with stories about the crusades which I’ve recently become interested in, in particular the works of Richard Foreman and Hana Cole.

Some of the authors I have not previously read their work but have now added them to my TBR list as I thoroughly enjoyed each short story. It makes for very easy reading and can easily be picked up and put down which is something I usually struggle with when I start reading but as they are short stories I found I could read one when I had a little free time.

I particularly enjoyed the interviews with each other and their insight in to the specific period they write about.

The remaining books in the series focus on different eras and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the collection.

By the Sword is available here

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